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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1890

The Freeman's Journal Limited Commercial Diary for 1890

Abstract: The 4th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1890. 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
106 p. : ill.
36 x 44 cm
Condition: Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Includes: - Records that he attended an inquiry concerning the railway to Belmullet (14 January 1890). - Refers to the birth of his twins, a boy and a girl (20 February 1890). - Records the baptism of the twins, James and Emily (4 April 1890). - Remarks that he remained at home filling out notices for defaulting tenants (4 September 1890). - Remarks that all but one tenant looking for relief on their rents and promising to pay next month (20 October 1890). - Records that the Chief Secretary of Ireland Mr Balfour passed through Newport on his way to Achill (28 October 1890). - Remarks that on the day appointed for Mr Kennedy's tenants to pay rent, only one appeared (31 October 1890). - Records that he went to Castlebar to attend a Grand Jury assembled to deal specifically with railway business, remarks that the proceedings were 'merely formal' (24 November 1890). - Remarks that he has received a 'good many' of the rents due from Mr Kennedy's tenants (28 November 1890). - Records that he met with Mr J. O'Donel concerning Mrs Dick's consent for the use of land for the railway. (6 December 1890). - Remarks that he travelled to Newport and Mullawn and saw the railway cuttings at Kilbride and Carrowbawn for the first time (9 December 1890). - Remarks that he and Mr Kennedy walked the full line marked out for the railway on Mr Kennedy's estate (13 December 1890).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Agricultural wages--Ireland
Farm tenancy--Ireland
UCD Archives . P258/10
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