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Diary of John Oram : 9th August 1898 - 31st March 1907

Diary no. 6 : commencing the 9th August 1898

Abstract: The 6th, and final, of 6 diaries by John Oram, covering the period August 1898–March 1907. For the most part the diaries record the day-to-day administration of the estate managed by John Oram in Burrishoole, County Mayo. The estate was owned by Captain Alexander Wyndham. Each of the diaries consist of one-line entries recording the management of the herds on the estate, the purchase of feed, management of the fisheries, sowing crops, collecting rents, settling terms with existing and new tenants, drawing up leases, attending the Assizes, and the upkeep of buildings and roads. Also attending markets and the buying and selling of livestock. An observation about the weather is made for each daily entry. Also refers to unusual meteorological events, astronomical events, and current affairs. In general John Oram concludes his diary for each year summarising the number of days of rain and dry days, the harvest, prices for livestock and a few lines of religious verse.

In collection Diaries of John and Arthur Oram

Origin information
Weston Bampfylde, England : John Oram
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Type of Resource
Physical description
[166] p.
25 x 38 cm
Physical description: Two pages on the leaves following the entry for 31 March 1907 were checked and found to be blank and were therefore not scanned.
Scope and content
John Oram's final diary. Includes: - Records an eclipse of the sun (28 May 1900). - Records the death of Queen Victoria (22 January 1901). - Remarks that he heard of President William McKinley's death (14 September 1901). - Remarks that his wife Jane is very ill (14 March 1902). - Refers to Jane's recovery (6 April 1902). - Records the coronation of King Edward VII (9 August 1902). - Records the fall of Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War (2 January 1905). - Remarks that Jane came downstairs for the first time in nine weeks (15 April 1906). - Over the course of six days John records Jane's illness and the gathering of family at the house (23–28 May 1906). - Records the death of his 'beloved' wife (29 May 1906). - Newspaper cutting of Jane's death notice published in the Western Chronicle (May 1906). - Records that he resigned the Sparkford Agency (29 September 1906). - Concludes his diary for 1906. 'An eventful year for me—the loss of my darling wife in April and sickness since September—all my children here in April—I never expected to see another year in this world' (31 December 1906). - The final entries are very brief, simply recording whether he left the house or stayed at home, and the weather. On 29 March 1907 he remarks that he saw the doctor. His final entry reads 'Easter Sunday. A dry March—mostly bright days and frosty nights' (31 March 1907). John Oram died on 14 April 1907.
Oram, John, 1824-1907 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Little Weston (Somerset, England)
Sparkford (England)
UCD Archives . P258/6
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"Diary of John Oram," held by UCD Archives. © Public domain. Digital content by University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:256155>

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