J Clinton Morrison

J. Clinton “Clint” Morrison, was born in the small rural community of Conway, P.E.I., on February 9, 1948, son of J. Clinton Morrison Sr. and Ruth E. (Boyle) Morrison. He was educated in the local oneroom school before attending O’Leary Regional High School in 1962 from where he graduated in 1965. He attended Prince of Wales College from 1965 to 1968, graduating with a Diploma in Education (1968). In 1975 he graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a B.A. in history and English.

He began his teaching career at Ellerslie-Bideford Consolidated School where he taught grades five and six during 1968-1969. In 1969 he moved to Summerside where he taught grades seven and eight at Summerside Junior High School until 1976. From 1976 to 2003 he taught grades seven through nine at Summerside Intermediate School. He retired from teaching in 2003, having taught continuously in Island schools since 1968.

Mr. Morrison has been researching, writing, editing and publishing Island history, poetry, and genealogy since 1975, and is the recipient of numerous awards: a Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation Publishing Award (1979); the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation’s top award – the Award of Honour (1985), “in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of Island heritage”; the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award (1996), for “an outstanding contribution to the preservation of the heritage of Prince Edward Island”; and Heritage Awards from Museum & Heritage Prince Edward Island (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). He is also the recipient of a Certificate of Commendation from The American Association
for State and Local History (1985) for “A Landmark Contribution to Prince Edward Island
Community History.” Mr. Morrison has also contributed short stories and poetry to several West Prince Arts Council publications, and has written several articles for the semiannual publication, The Island Magazine, published by Museum and Heritage Prince Edward Island.

Between 1978 and 2013 he has authored seven books and been editor of two others, all pertaining to various aspects of P.E.I. history: Robert W. Morrison, Sr., EMIGRANT FROM THE HIGHLANDS, and His Descendants (1978); ALONG THE NORTH SHORE: A Social History of Township 11, P.E.I., 1765-1982 (first published in 1984, reprinted in 1987 and again in 1999 in two vols.); HELL UPON EARTH: A Personal Account of Prince Edward Island Soldiers in the Great War, 1914-1918 (1995); General Editor, TO GOD BE THE GLORY: Presbyterianism in Summerside, 1853-2003 (2003); CHASING A DREAM: Prince Edward Islanders in the Klondike (2004); STRANGE TALES AND TRUE STORIES: East Coast Chronicles From Yesterdays’s Newspapers (2006); Editor, A JOLLY WAKE AND OTHER STORIES: Growing Up on Prince Edward Island in the Late 1800s (2008); CENTURY OF FAREWELLS: A Biographical Dictionary of Prince Edward Island Immigrants, 1800-1900, in two vols. (2009); and BOOZE: A Social Account of Prohibition on Prince Edward Island, 1878-1948 (2013). Mr. Morrison currently has several manuscripts-in-progress, including SUTHERLANDSHIRE PIONEERS: The Genealogy of Donald and Flora (Campbell) Morrison, and Their Descendants; EXILES OF ERIN: The Boyle Family of Old Halifax Parish, Prince County, P.E.I.; WESTCOUNTRY EMIGRANT: The Genealogy of Joseph Pow (Pawe, Paugh), of Devonshire, England; BEYOND THE SUNSET: The Saga Of An Island Scottish Emigrant Family (historical fiction); LOG-JAMS AND WIDOW-MAKERS: Islanders in the Maine Woods; and SOUL FIRE: Poetic Cries of a Baby Boomer.

In 1997 Mr. Morrison established Crescent Isle Publishers at Summerside, with the objective of promoting and assisting Prince Edward Island writers. Since that time his home-based business has published twenty-two books of history, genealogy and poetry, all with a primary emphasis on some aspect of Prince Edward Island’s heritage.

He has been an active supporter of P.E.I. Community Schools, having taught local history and genealogy courses, and been guest lecturer on many occasions. In 1995 he received an Award of Merit “in recognition of services rendered at the St. Eleanor’s Community School” as a genealogy instructor.

He has also occasionally been guest lecturer at the Seniors College of Prince Edward Island, as well as having participated in workshops and lectures with numerous community organizations on Prince Edward Island on various topics pertaining to Island history, genealogy and historical research.

He is a Charter Member of the Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society, and is a Life Member of The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation, and an ardent supporter and member of MacNaught History Centre and Archives in Summerside.

Mr. Morrison resides at 25 Jason Drive, Summerside, P.E.I. C1N 6M2. He has three children.

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