Records of Aberdeen and Northern Friendly Society

Scope and Content

This deposit provides a detailed record of the Society's activities, from its establishment in 1862, until its amalgamation with the Hearts of Oak Benefit Collecting Society in 1973. It contains minutes of weekly, committee (including social committee, 1896 - 1923) and Directors' meetings, 1865 - 1973; financial records (including full run of annual reports), 1863 - 1935; and a substantial quantity of printed papers, including rules and regulations, burial branch contribution cards, programmes for social meetings, publicity, and historical information, 1865 - 1962. Acts of Parliament re. Friendly societies, 1885 - 1896, have also been deposited.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society was established on 7 April 1862, and enrolled by Act of Parliament on 2 May 1862. It was founded by a few working class men in the city of Aberdeen, initially operating as a sickness and funeral benefit society, but by the 1880s had expanded its business to include endowment and endowment assurance policies. The Society continued to handle all of these benefits until the introduction of the National Insurance Act in 1948. After this time, its welfare benefit schemes were wound up, and the Society concentrated upon development and expansion of its Life Assurance policies. On 1 March 1973 the Society amalgamated with the Hearts of Oak Benefit Collecting Society to form the London, Aberdeen and Northern Collecting Society (later known as the London, Aberdeen and Northern Mutual Assurance Society Limited).

Prior to amalgamation, the Society had concentrated its business in Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland. In 1962, it had 28 agents in the City of Aberdeen and 3 others covering the districts of Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Elgin and the Moray Coast, Huntly, Inverurie and Stonehaven.


Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is subject to a 50 year closure period. All records created more than 50 years ago are open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet.

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1984, by the London, Aberdeen and Northern Mutual Assurance Society.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen.

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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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 ( ) 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

See immediate source of Acquisition, below


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Related Material

Annual Report and Statement of Accounts,1913, and Actuary's Report, 1912, are deposited in the University's Local Pamphlet Collection. Full reference details are available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online


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Additional Information

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