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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1897

Dollard's scribbling diary for 1897

Abstract: The 11th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1897 with some entries for January 1898 at the end. 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
108 p. : ill.
35 x 23 cm
Condition: Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Includes: - Remarks that a group of tenants came to offer to purchase their holdings. Remarks that he wrote to inform Mr Kennedy (13 January 1897). - Refers to an accident with the harness of his car, expresses relief that no one was hurt (23 January 1997). - Remarks that Mr Kennedy's tenants have asked if he will settle out of court at 25% off the current judicial rent (16 February 1897). - Refers to the death of Mr Kennedy (20 May 1897). - Remarks that he received a letter from Mrs Kennedy regarding the sale of Burrishoole (30 June 1897). - Refers to an accident at Burrishoole Bridge involving his horse 'Paddy' who suffered a broken leg. Arthur Oram describes how he had to shoot him and remarks 'Poor Paddy, 16 years … working 13½ years … and & a more useful horse never lived, great sympathy from everybody' (22 July 1897). - Refers to his children Gretta and John suffering from chicken 'pock' (pox) (30 July 1897). - Refers to the marriage of his brother Alfred to Miss Jane Green at Ballyshannon (18 August 1897). - Remarks that he was re-elected by the Board of Conservators (5 October 1897). - Remarks that the Burrishoole tenants have asked for an abatement of their rent (12 November 1897). - Refers to Aunt Margaret Anderson's funeral (16 December 1897).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Farm tenancy--Ireland
UCD Archives . P258/17
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