Robert Morton Nance (born 1873 in Cardiff of Cornish parents - died 1959) was a leading authority on the Cornish language, nautical archaeologist, and joint founder of the Old Cornwall Society.
He wrote many books and pamphlets on the Cornish language, including a Cornish dictionary, which is a standard work, and edited magazines and pamphlets about Cornwall, including Old Cornwall, the journal of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. Nance was also a nautical archaeologist of distinction and was an originator of the Society for Nautical Research. His insight and learning were displayed in his book Sailing-ship Models which appeared in 1924. He studied art in Britain and France and was both a painter and a skilled craftsman.
Chronology of his life
Selected list of works
- 1912: Speight, E E; Nance, R Morton (1912-01-01). Britain's Sea Story. Henry Frowde. ASIN B000LQ60UM
- 1923: A Glossary of Celtic Words in Cornish Dialect. Falmouth: Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society
- 1924: Sailing-ship Models: a selection from European and American collections with introductory text. London: Halton and Truscott Smith (photographs)
- 1925- : Old Cornwall, as editor and contributor.
- Articles in Old Cornwall, including "The Cornish Language in the Seventeenth Century", in: Old Cornwall; vol. VI, no. 1.
- 1955: Cornish-English Dictionary. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies ISBN 0-902660-05-5
- 1956: The Cledry Plays: drolls of Old Cornwall for village acting and home reading. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies B0000CJH1W
- 1961: Cornish for All: a guide to Unified Cornish. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. B0000CKWG1
- [n.d.]: A Guide to Cornish Place-names; with a list of the words contained in them. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. (Three editions, before 1971.)