458 Argyle Ave.


William Mackay (1897) – Assistant manager, Royal Insurance Company.

The company still exists as RSA Insurance.

From: https://www.rsagroup.ca/about-us

(This must have been written by their P.R. department. It always baffles me why companies don’t embrace their heritage. A “case in point” is the Hudson Bay Company).

“Back in 1833, when Royal Insurance first came to Canada, fire was a big threat to Canadian lives and livelihoods. Major fires took a heavy toll in Montreal and Toronto. Many insurance companies had to declare bankruptcy.

Royal Insurance didn’t. In fact, Canadians came to know Royal Insurance for our full and prompt payments.

Today, we are Canada’s third largest property & casualty insurance company, with the broadest national personal and commercial lines proposition.”

The company’s building, designed by William Hopkins, is well documented at this link:



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