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

Dollard's scribbling diary for 1904

Abstract: The 19th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. A duplicate diary covering 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.
35 x 22 cm
Condition: Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Duplicate diary for 1904 mostly containing accounts relating to drainage work schemes for which Arthur Oram had responsibility. Includes: - Draft of a letter from Arthur Oram to [Mr Anketell-Jones] relating to the sale of the Burrishoole Estate to the Congested Districts Board in 1906–07 and a cheque 'over the sale of the tenanted portion of the Estate.' Remarks that he did not expect to receive any further amount in respect of the Estate. Makes reference to Mr Jones' concern over the charging of postage and stationery to the account and defends this action. Outlines in some detail the assistance he gave to Mr Jones and to his solicitors and the various letters he sent in response to their queries. Refers to his long association with the estate and previous Landlords of the Estate and the excellent working relationship that existed between his agency and the Landlords. Acknowledges that Mr Jones purchased the Estate in difficult times but that he received favourable terms and that everything possible was done to collect rents from the tenants during Mr Jones' ownership. Refers also to improvements made by the drainage works, the intact demesne and the salmon fishery. Remarks '…I fail to find and to express how much I regret to feel that you have, in this transaction which terminates my connection with the Estate, not considered my case more liberally and in a manner more keeping with the spirit of the Act which has worked out so much to your benefit … I should like to have been able to [ ] the opinion of several who expressed their belief that in connection with the sale of the Estate and loss of the Agency … I was safe in having such a one as you to deal with.' (9 May 1907, 5pp). [See also entries for 17 May and 19 June 1905 in P258/26]
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
UCD Archives . P258/25
Suggested credit
"Diary of Arthur Oram," held by UCD Archives. © Public domain. Digital content by University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:256174>

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Record source
Descriptions created by staff of UCD Library, University College Dublin, based on information provided by UCD Archives. — Metadata creation date: 2017-09-26

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