Nova Scotia

Cape Breton historian Morgan dies

Robert Morgan, a well-known Cape Breton historian and writer, died at home Saturday at the age of 72.

Robert Morgan, a well-known Cape Breton historian and writer, died at his home in Sydney on Saturday. He was 72.

Morgan was a founder of the Old Sydney Society. Over the years, he worked as a historian at the Fortress of Louisbourg and director of the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University.

"What stands out for me is his ability to inspire people," said Peyton Chisholm, a former curator at the society who first met Morgan 40 years ago.

"I think that in one sense I feel that he gave Cape Breton back its history and that it gave us the significance of our history in Canada and Nova Scotia and the world."

Morgan wrote several books, including Rise Again!, a two-volume account of the history of Cape Breton Island.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday morning at St. Anthony Daniel Church in Sydney.

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