Historic heroes of Lloyd's

An astonishing number of inspired and far-sighted thinkers have played their part in the history of the Lloyd’s market. We’ve picked out a few of the most important, including founder and coffee shop owner Edward Lloyd, and the pioneering Cuthbert Heath.

Edward Lloyd

Edward Lloyd ran the Lloyd's Coffee House in Lombard Street in the City of London which became a meeting place for merchants and shipowners.From the habit of their members to meet there, Lloyd's Coffee House spawned Lloyd's of London, Lloyd's Register, and Lloyd's List.

Edward Lloyd

John Julius Angerstein

Angerstein is known as the 'father of Lloyd's' and was a driving force behind its modernisation. He was instrumental in making Lloyd’s a respected, well-regulated institution, run for the benefit of all those who did business there.

Angerstein's profile

Brook Watson

Sir Brook Watson, Chairman of Lloyd’s, 1796 – 1806, from a painting by J.S. Copley in the Herron Art Museum of the Art Association of Indianapolis

Brook Watson was part of the original committee of Lloyd’s of London, later becoming Lloyd’s Chairman, and was the first Chairman of the Patriotic Fund, established in 1803 to help servicemen and their families.

Brook Watson

Admiral Lord Nelson

Progress has always been driven by the bravest among us. Those with a clear vision of the future and the resolve to pursue it, whatever the odds. Admiral Lord Nelson, guardian of our shores and defender of our seaborne trade, was one of those people.

Admiral Lord Nelson

 

Cuthbert Heath

Cuthbert Heath is a very important figure in Lloyd’s history. He was a prominent and innovative Lloyd’s underwriter and is recognised as being the father of non-marine insurance.

Cuthbert Heath

Royal moments

Lloyd’s has had a long association with the British royal family. Here are just a few of the most significant moments.

Royal moments

Liliana Archibald

1973 - Lloyd's first female broker.

Liliana Archibald

Sir David Rowland

As Chairman of Lloyd's of London, Sir David Rowland guided the 300-year old enterprise through a threatening financial crisis, initiating reforms set in motion in 1993 to save it, thus averting collapse.

Sir David Rowland

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