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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1904

Hely's scribbling diary for 1904

Abstract: The 18th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1904. 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: - Refers to a dispute over the gathering of seaweed at Aughness strand and the difficulty in settling shore marks for the Estate (3 March 1904). - Refers to his inspection of the weirs and pools noting what needs to be repaired in advance of the season (10 May 1904). - Remarks that he was unanimously elected as Secretary and [Superintendent] during a meeting of the Moyour and Brockagh Drainage Trustees (25 August 1904). - Remarks that he was at Burrishoole House making out valuations for the sale of the outside portions of the Estate (7 October 1904). - Remarks that he received a wire from his son Attie concerning his first place results in his exams (4 November 1904). - Refers to the day appointed for the Burrishoole Estate tenants and remarks that none attended except for widow McNulty who was granted a remittance of a half year's rent by Mr Anketell-Jones due to her husband's death (12 November 1904). - Remarks that he met Mr Anketell-Jones who said that the tenants arrived in a group but that he was determined to refuse their request for a general abatement (14 November 1904). - Refers to Mr Carey's Clogher Estate tenants and their request for abatement. Arthur Oram informs the tenants he has no authority to grant this request. The tenants appeal directly to Mr Carey who allows 25% on the years rent (19 November 1904). - Remarks that Mr Anketell-Jones instructs him that the Bailiff is to give a verbal notice to the tenants to pay by 10 January 1905 (29 November 1904). - Refers to the Aughness tenants asking for a reduction citing a bad year '…after two hours (almost) hesitation the majority paid, a few asking a little time …' (5 December 1904).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Farm tenancy--Ireland
UCD Archives . P258/24
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