David Paulin was born in Irvine in 1843 and was the son of the rector of Irvine Royal Academy, George Paulin. At first the family lived at Williamfield House.
After working in banking he became interested in assurance and founded the Scottish Life Assurance Company which he managed until he retired in 1918. He was then elected president of the Chartered Insurance Institute in the same year. Paulin was also knighted in 1909, the first Scottish person to have that honour for insurance.
He spent his retirement at Machrihanish and died there on 30 December 1930.
Today Scottish Life is rebranded as Royal London. Download this publication about the start of Scottish Life Assurance (courtesy of London Life).
The photograph below shows an oil portrait of Sir David Paulin (courtesy of London Life).
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