Publication : Lloyd's Register

Scope and Content

  • Lloyd's Register 1760-

Administrative / Biographical History

Lloyd's Register owes its name and foundation to a 17th century coffee house in London, England, owned by Edward Lloyd. This was a favourite haunt of merchants, marine underwriters and others, all connected with shipping. Lloyd helped them to exchange information by circulating a printed sheet of all the news he heard, first printed in 1969.

In 1760, the Register Society was formed by the customers of the coffee house. The Society printed the first Register of Ships in 1764 in order to give both underwriters and merchants an idea of the condition of the vessels they insured and chartered.

In 1834, the organisation was reconstituted as  Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping , and the first Rules for the survey and classification of ships, were published. Sixty-three surveyors were employed in the first year and by 1840, 15,000 vessels had been surveyed in accordance with the Rules. In 1852, the organisation opened its first overseas office, in Canada, and other offices followed around the world. By 1914, the organisation became simply Lloyd's Register of Shipping in recognition of its international status. In the 1900s the company began to apply its expertise developed in the marine industry to other industrial sectors resulting in wide ranging services that were still in operation in 2002.

Source: Lloyd's Register home page available at



Access Information


Acquisition Information

Department of Economic History, Glasgow University : ACCN023

Lloyd's Register : London : 1989 (Additional deposit)

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

In various libraries

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History

The majority of these volumes originally came from the  Association of Underwriters & Insurance Brokers  in Glasgow.



Related Material

No material associated by provenance


No known publications using the collection

Additional Information

This material is original

Extent, administrative history, appraisal information, language of material, Physical characteristics and technical requirements, finding aids, location of originals and Existence and location of copies elements added by Jenny Cooknell , Archivist, 22 July 1999

Updated by Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 3 March 2000

Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 19 February 2002

Geographical Names