Records of the Northern Assurance Company Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

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.

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)

Arrangement

Records arranged by component company and record series therein - listing in process

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in May 2000 and Feb 2001.

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/library/

Alternative Form Available

No copies known

Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: speclib@abdn.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History

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.

Accruals

No accruals expected

Related Material

Accounts, 1846 - 1949; agency appointments, 1852 - 1967; board and committee minutes, 1934 - 1964; court minutes, 1865 - 1957; and policy register, 1839 - 1853 are held at CGNU plc, Information Centre, St Helen's, 1 Undershaft, London, EC3P 3DQ. Accounts, 1846 - 1949; agency appointments, 1852 - 1967; board and committee minutes, 1934 - 1964; court minutes, 1865 - 1957; and policy register, 1839 - 1853 are held at CGNU plc, Information Centre, St Helen's, 1 Undershaft, London, EC3P 3DQ. Court minutes, 1865 - 1931 are held at Guildhall Library, London Court minutes, 1865 - 1931 are held at Guildhall Library, London Board minutes, 1861 - 1931 are held at Mitchell Library, Glasgow

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Additional Information

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