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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/107-06

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1834-1963

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 95 production units.

Name of creator(s): Caledonian Insurance Co


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Caledonian Insurance Company was established in Edinburgh in 1805. Its initial business was fire insurance. It also dealt in life assurance from 1833. It opened offices in London in 1840 at 27 Moorgate. This office moved to 39 Lothbury in 1863, then to 82 King William Street in 1882, to 51 Coleman Street in 1926 and finally to 5 Lothbury in 1927. Business was established in the United States of America and Australia from the 1890s. It amalgamated with Edinburgh Fire, Scottish Fire and Scottish Metropolitan Fire in the late 19th century and became a subsidiary of Guardian Assurance Company (CLC/B/107-01) in 1957.


Scope and content/abstract:

Caledonian Insurance Company records comprise minutes and agendas, as well as overseas report books. They are held off-site and therefore require 24 hours notice for access.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These archives were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1976 and 1994 by Guardian Royal Exchange. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

Further archives are held by the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh.

Other sub-fonds in this collection comprise:
CLC/B/107-01: Guardian Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-02: Royal Exchange Assurance;
CLC/B/107-03: Albion Fire Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-04: Atlas Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-05: British Equitable Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-06: Caledonian Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-07: Car and General Insurance Corporation Limited;
CLC/B/107-08: Car Services Limited;
CLC/B/107-09: Essex and Suffolk Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-11: Licenses and General Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-12: Liverpool and London Plate Glass Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-13: Local Government Guarantee Society;
CLC/B/107-14: London and Manchester Plate Glass Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-15: Manchester Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-16: Motor Union Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-17: National Provincial Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-18: Pilot Insurance Corporation Limited;
CLC/B/107-19: Reliance Marine Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-20: State Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-21: United British Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-22: Westminster and General Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-23: Essex and Suffolk Accident Indemnity Society.

Publication note:

See also Caledonian Insurance Company: History of One Hundred Years, 1805-1905 (Edinburgh, 1905), available in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library.

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2010 to January 2011.

Business records | Documents | Information sources
Fire insurance | Insurance | Finance
Insurance records | Documents | Information sources
Insurance services | Financial service industries | Service industries
Life insurance | Insurance | Finance

Personal names

Corporate names
Caledonian Insurance Co

Edinburgh | Midlothian | Scotland | UK | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe