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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1891

Browne's scribbling diary for 1891

Abstract: The 5th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1891. 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
105 p.
35 x 23 cm
Condition: Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Includes: - Notes the commencement of work on the railway at Mr Kennedy's farm at Burrishoole (13 January 1891). - Remarks that he reached an agreement for the site and cost of the huts for the construction of the railway at Kilbride (19 January 1891). - Remarks that he met Mr Banks to discuss railway business at Newport Hotel and expressed his opposition to the construction of a culvert for a cattle pass; 'asked for over or under bridge.' Also objected to the railway crossing (26 January 1891). - Records that there is a strike at the railway with workers asking for higher wages (5 February 1891). - Remarks that Michael Davitt was at Newport where he advised the striking railway workers to return to work (7 February 1891). - Records that he met with the surveyors for the railway line and accompanied them as they inspected Mrs Dick's and Mr Kennedy's lands (14 August 1891). - Remarks that he was re-elected for the Upper or Fresh Water Division by the Board of Conservators. Notes that he was first elected in 1879 and has served on the Board ever since (3 October 1891). - Records the birth of his daughter (14 October 1891). - Records the baptism of his daughter Isabella at home (30 October 1891).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
UCD Archives . P258/11
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"Diary of Arthur 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:256160>

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