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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January 1887 - 31st December 1888

Carroll's scribbling diary for 1888

Abstract: The 2nd of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1888. Arthur's diaries record his day-to-day work on the farm, the management of the land under his care, the management of the animals and crops, the buying and selling of livestock at local markets. Also repairing fences, farm buildings, roads and ensuring their upkeep. The diaries also note the weather for each day, his commitments at the Assizes, attendance at the Petty Sessions and other community work relevant to his social standing. He alludes to his work as an elected representative on the Board of Conservators, his membership of the Drainage Committee and the Railway Committee, the surveying and valuing of land, the advertising and awarding of tenders, and the commissioning and inspection of work carried out in respect of these two committees. Arthur also refers frequently to the difficulty in collecting rents from tenants. The diaries record rents received, name of tenant and amount. He refers to events and milestones reached in his own family, attendance at church and the regular company the Orams kept with their neighbours and extended family. The diaries also make reference to current affairs.

In collection Diaries of John and Arthur Oram

Origin information
Burrishoole, Co. Mayo : Arthur Oram
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
4, 106 p. : ill.
35 x 22 cm
Physical details: The sequence of printed page numbers restarts twice. Some of the pages of advertisements and reference information are unnumbered.
Condition: Cover is torn. Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Includes: - Records that he received a letter from Mr Kennedy, proprietor of the Burrishoole Estate and Arthur Oram's employer, informing him of the death of Miss Kennedy and that the funeral was strictly private (6 January 1888). - Records the baptism of his daughter Margaret and the people who attended the celebration (22 February 1888). - Describes a meeting with tenants of the Clogher Estate and his refusal to meet their demands of 20% on arrears. Remarks that after a consultation, Mr Carey consented to the demands of the tenants (3 March 1888). - Numerous references to the difficulty of Mr Hope to fulfil his commitments concerning his tenancy. The Hope family were long time neighbours of the Oram family. Remarks that he asked Mr Hope to leave in advance of the Sheriff's arrival (10 October 1888). - Remarks that Mr Hope called to say that he has obtained security (22 November 1888).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Farm tenancy--Ireland
UCD Archives . P258/8
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Record source
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