The collection comprises the business records of the Northern Assurance Company Ltd., its predecessors and successors, c 1836 - c 1950. Subsidiaries represented in the collection include Scottish Metropolitan Assurance Company Ltd., 1876 - 1934; London and Scottish Life Assurance Company Ltd., 1920 - 1933; The Provident Clerks and General Guarantee Association Ltd., 1865 - 1913; The Provident Clerks and General Accident Insurance Company Ltd., 1876 - 1908; The White Cross Assurance Association Ltd., 1914 - 1925; The Scottish Freemasons' Life Association, 1844 - 1850; The Bon-Accord Life and Fire Assurance, Guarantee, Reversionary and Annuity Company, 1845 - 1849; The Welsh Assurance Corporation Ltd., 1909 - 1911; The National Guarantee and Suretyship Association Ltd., 1938 - 1941; London and Lancashire Life Assurance Company Ltd., 1862 - 1920.
Records of the Northern Assurance Company Ltd.
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- ReferenceGB 231 MS 3624
- Dates of Creation1836 - c 1950
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description385 volumes and 5 boxes (c 53 metres) No physical characteristics affecting use of collection
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The North of Scotland Fire and Life Assurance Company, was formed in Aberdeen in 1836, and incorporated in 1848. Its name was changed to the Northern Assurance Company Ltd. in 1898. From the start it enjoyed close links with the North of Scotland Bank, and it rapidly assumed first national, then world dimensions, with boards in London, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Melbourne, and a considerable volume of overseas business. There have been many amalgamations and acquisitions throughout its history, culminating in merger with the Commercial Union (now CGNU) in 1968.
For further details see H.A.L. Cockerell and Edwin Green, The British Insurance Business, 1547 - 1970 : an introduction and guide to historical records in the United Kingdom (London: Heinemann Educ, 1976)
Records arranged by component company and record series therein - listing in process
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Deposited in the University in May 2000 and Feb 2001.
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Until 1977 the papers were stored in the company's office in Union Terrace, Aberdeen. At that time, most of the records were transferred to the care of Professor P. Payne, of the Economic History Department, University of Aberdeen. These records were formally deposited in the University Department of Archives and Special Collections in May 2000. Records remaining in the company's Union Terrace office were transferred to the University in Feb 2001.
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