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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1906

Browne's scribbling diary for 1906

Abstract: The 21st of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1906 with some entries for January 1907 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
106 p. : ill.
34 x 23 cm
Condition: Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Includes: - Draft of a letter from a tenant farmer Joseph O'Boyle to the Chief Secretary of Ireland referring to the sale of the Anketell-Jones Estate to the CDB and asking for a holding to sustain his family. Describes his personal circumstances (Not dated, 1p). - Remarks that Mr Carey has ordered proceedings against the defaulting Clogher Estate tenants for the May Sessions (2 March 1906), - Remarks that he posted registered letters from his father John Oram regarding the lands at Teevemore and the transfer of ownership to Arthur Oram (8 March 1906). - Remarks that he met Revd P. Greally on the road and spoke to him about Teevemore, hoping to come to some agreement but that the Revd refused (3 April 1906). - Refers to a letter informing him that his mother is not well (26 April 1906). - Describes feeling 'ill, stiff, weak etc.' and expecting to hear news about his mother's condition (27-28 April 1906). - Remarks that he received a wire informing him of his mother's death (30 April 1906). - Refers to the defaulting Clogher tenants and Mr Carey's decision to proceed with the worst cases (1 May 1906). - Describes his mother's funeral (5 May 1906). - Refers to the '… continuous broken weather now becoming injurious to everything spoiling hay etc. etc. men commenced to gather up turf on bog into heaps … a good deal of it injured by not being attended to sooner' (16 August 1906). - Describes a long conversation with Miss Edgar and her resignation as a teacher in the school and the deficit in the amount she is owed. 'Resolved that a committee … be in future responsible for £15 … to be offered to a new teacher in addition to salary from National Board etc' (23 November 1906).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Teevmore (Ireland)
UCD Archives . P258/27
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"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:256176>

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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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