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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1894

Trade directory and Irish office diary for 1894

Abstract: The 8th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1894 with some entries for January 1895 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
51, 107 p. : ill.
35 x 23 cm
Condition: Covers are torn. Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Includes: - Remarks that almost everyone in the house is sick with colds and influenza (27 January 1894). - Remarks that he travelled for the first time by train from Newport to Westport (22 February 1894). - Refers to Mr Kennedy's death and the funeral arrangements. 'I have to mourn the loss of a kind indulgent employer and the greatest personal friend' (24 May 1894). - Remarks that he heard that Mr Kennedy had left £200 in his will to him and Mr Rose (30 May 1894). - Refers to a telegram from Mr Lane asking Arthur to act as a valuer on the Achill railway and that he agreed (16 July 1894). - Describes inspecting the route of the railway line from Achill Sound as far as the boundary of Owenduff (3 September 1894). - Describes over the course of a number of days, meeting with the engineers from the railway company and the arbitrator concerning the building of the railway line out to Achill (31 August–13 September 1894). - Remarks that he met Mr Murphy who informed Arthur that anyone who wished to pursue re-arbitration along the route of the railway line between Mulranny and Newport would have to do so by memorial (14 September 1894). - Remarks that none of Mr Kennedy's tenants paid their rent on the appointed day (15 September 1894). - Refers to another day appointed for the payment of Mr Kennedy's rents and the arrival of a large group of tenants seeking an abatement of their rent. Remarks that he wrote up their petition (13 November 1894). - Remarks that the tenant's petition has been refused (21 November 1894). - Refers to a meeting at Newport at which William O'Brien and others spoke and denounced landlord's agents and Unionists generally and naming Arthur Oram amongst others (29 December 1894).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Farm tenancy--Ireland
UCD Archives . P258/14
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