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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1899

Hely's scribbling diary for 1899

Abstract: The 13th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1899. 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.
34 x 23 cm
Condition: Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages. Some of the blotting pages are torn and a section of one of the advertisement page has been cut out.
Scope and content
Includes: - Remarks that the tenants at Knockbrega have declined Mr Jones' offer of a mountain for grazing (3 January 1899). - Refers to an agreement between the tenants and Mr Jones about the mountain grazing (31 January 1899). - Remarks that he went to the Rectory to see about the Sexton, Mr O'Conor and found him 'hopelessly drunk' and incapable of carrying out his duties (13 February 1899). - Refers to a Vestry meeting and the matter of Mr O'Conor's drunkenness. Remarks that O'Conor attempted to 'wriggle' out of the charge but failed (21 February 1899). - Describes his journey to England to visit his family at Lovington (23 March-3 April 1899). - Remarks that he received a wire from Colonel Malone who asked him to come immediately to Lagduff. On arrival Arthur Oram is informed by Colonel Malone that an RIC Constable had observed Mr Gallagher transporting fish to Bangor. Following a consultation with Colonel Malone Arthur Oram inspected the full length of the river with the Keeper (22 August 1899). - Describes having three teeth extracted and difficulty in stopping the bleeding (7 October 1899).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Fishery law and legislation--Ireland
UCD Archives . P258/19
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