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English College of Lisbon



  • Existence: 1642    

Historical Note

The English College of Lisbon was founded in 1624 for English students studying for the priesthood and for mission work in Lisbon, Portugal. More formally known as The Pontifical English College of Saints Peter and Paul, Lisbon, the institution was established under the reign of Pope Gregory XV. Representing a new venture in English ecclesiastical governing, the college was created in the hopes of halting the diminishing number of Catholics in England. The English College of Lisbon was heavily influenced by the teachings of Father William Newman (born Ralph Sliefield, of Staffordshire) and the monetary contributions of Portuguese aristocrat Don Pedro Coutinho.


Croft, William and Joseph Gillow. Historical Account of Lisbon College. London: St. Andrew’s Press, 1902.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

English College of Lisbon collection


The collection consists primarily of correspondence between John and Peter Jorge and president Reverend Abbot Joseph Ilsley regarding the English College of Lisbon in the mid to late nineteenth century. Also included is a legal document in Portuguese related to power of attorney.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1853 - 1886