In 1706, the original Sun Insurance company was established by Charles Povey.

Povey was a visionary entrepreneur living in London at the time of the Great Fire. Having witnessed first-hand the devastation and destruction caused by the fire, Povey became convinced that insurance was essential to protect people’s livelihoods by making things better when the worst happened.

Over the next three centuries, his pioneering insurance company grew into the internationally recognised business known today as RSA.

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Charles Povey - the founder of RSA Insurance Group

Key dates


The Sun Fire Office is established


We cover Down House, where Charles Darwin wrote “On the Origin of Species”


The Sun Insurance Office merges with The Alliance Assurance Company to form Sun Alliance Insurance Limited


Sun Alliance Group merges with Royal Insurance Holdings to become Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc


MORE TH>N launches in the UK


We help rebuild port facilities at Galveston in Texas after Hurricane Ike


Royal & Sun Alliance becomes RSA Insurance Group


We take part in the reconstruction of the Italian city of L’Aquila following an earthquake


We took part in arranging the cover for ExCeL London when it was converted into an NHS Nightingale hospital in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 


RSA Plc is bought by a consortium of Tryg A/S and Intact Financial Corporation. RSA UK & International is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intact.

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