Sub-fonds MS 105/17 - Standard Life Assurance Company

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MS 105/17


Standard Life Assurance Company


  • 1901-1965 (Creation)

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3 volumes (0.20 linear metres).

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Biographical history

The Life Insurance Co of Scotland was founded in Edinburgh in 1825. The name was changed to the Standard Life Assurance Co in 1832 and the company began a period of expansion that lasted 60 years, acquiring the York and London Insurance Company in 1844, and the East of Scotland Assurance Co in 1852. In 1865 it acquired the Minerva Life Assurance Co and the Victoria Legal and Commercial Co, and merged with the Colonial Life Assurance Co. The India Life Assurance Co was acquired in 1871. In 1925 Standard Life became a mutual life company. An agency for Standard Life was in operation from at least 1834. By 1840 the Dundee agent was J & J Ogilvie, Writers, but by 1850 the agents were Shiell and Small. Standard Life did not open a branch in Dundee until 1946.

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Letter books 1901-1965.


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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are on paper. May require conservation

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MS 105/17

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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