Tontine Association Collection

Scope and Content

Articles of agreement, 1791; Association certificates, 1792

Administrative / Biographical History

The Swansea Tontine Association was a financial scheme by which subscribers to the common fund each received an annuity during their life which increased as the number of members diminished by death. This meant the last survivor enjoyed the whole income. The result of this scheme was the row of houses on Tontine Street situated at the top end of High Street, near St John's Parish church, Swansea.


The collection was originally catalogued at University College Library, Swansea, where an interpretation of the original order was made. This catalogue lists the items chronologically under the headings stated in Scope and content.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

The records were originally held at The Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea. From 1966 onwards the records were moved to the library in the University College, Swansea in consignments. They were transferred to West Glamorgan Archive Service in the Spring of 2004.


Compiled by Katie Millien for the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records transferred to the West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

See also RISW SFS for a pamphlet of the Tontine Association