Overseas Collection of The Standard Life Assurance Company

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 2078 SL/OS
  • Dates of Creation
      1833 - 2017
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Chinese French Hungarian German
  • Physical Description
      12 cubic metres Boxes Bundles and Volumes

Scope and Content

Contains the collections relating to and produced by staff and colleagues of Standard Life based in Counties outside the United Kingdom. Also includes Colonial Life Collection and a General Overseas collection with material from various countries which cannot be separated.

The Colonial Life Assurance Company was formed in 1846 to provide life assurance cover and finance to UK nationals who chose to live and work overseas. The company shared staff and offices with The Standard Life Assurance Company, and the manager of Standard Life, William Thomas Thomson, became the actuary of Colonial Life. The Colonial Life Assurance Company had offices in Europe, Canada, South America, the West Indies, India and China. It was dissolved in 1866 when it merged with The Standard Life Assurance Company.

Administrative / Biographical History

Records created outside of the United Kingdom and sent back to the Companies main Head Office in Edinburgh.
Records were transferred to archive when the Companies Head Office moved from No3 George Street to Standard Life House, Lothian Road Edinburgh.


The collection has been catalogued to ISAD(G) Standards.

The full collection catalogue can be viewed here.

Access Information

Access is in person only and subject to confidentiality restrictions. Please contact the Archivist to schedule and appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction of these records is permitted without permission from the SLA Company Archivist.


None Expected.