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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1903

Hely's scribbling diary for 1903

Abstract: The 17th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1903 with some entries for January 1904 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.
34 x 22 cm
Condition: Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Includes: - Refers to the arrest of Francis Chambers over the theft of brass fittings from old engines at the railway (22 January 1903). - Refers to the funeral of Billy Spicer (8 May 1903). - Remarks that he submitted a case at Castlebar concerning the deliberate damage done to river dams at Lagduff (20 July 1903). - Refers to the death of Mr Bushby, a landowner for whom Arthur Oram acted as agent. Refers to the Executors of Bushby's will (2 September 1903). - Remarks that he and Mr O'Donell judged cottages in Newport in connection with the Mayo Industries Exhibition (1 October 1903). - Remarks that he came across John and Spencer Anketell-Jones stuck in their motor car between Mulranny and Ballygurney and the assistance they required to 'drag the machine' back to Mulranny (19 October 1903). - Describes the atmosphere in the rent office in Newport and the Clogher tenants. Remarks that Mr Carey announced that he would give extra time to those who need it and was willing to take a half year's rent, the remainder to be paid by 7 February 1904 '…when coming to W. Joyce's name and he saying he would pay only half year, Mr C left the office displeased and saying "you might as well give it to the whole of them in that case", half years rents were then paid' (20 November 1903). - Refers to the Aughness tenants who requested in writing to purchase through the Congested Districts Board, with the rent due to be added to the purchase money (26 November 1903).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Farm tenancy--Ireland
UCD Archives . P258/23
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