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Diary of Arthur Oram : 1st January - 31st December 1912

Collins' scribbling diary for 1912

Abstract: The 27th of 33 diaries of John Oram’s son, Arthur Oram, farmer and land agent, County Mayo. Covers the period January–December 1912. 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
ca. 100 p. : ill.
34 x 43 cm
Condition: Ink stains and text bleed through on many pages.
Scope and content
Includes: - Remarks that he sent a preliminary application along with a letter from the Land Commission to the Office of Public Works stating that Wilford 'was vested in me' with a view to obtaining a loan (1 March 1912). - Describes the collection of rents from the Clogher tenants as 'a long weary day, tenants asking reductions …' (28 March 1912). - Remarks 'Heard of Titanic going down, off Newfoundland 11.40 Sunday night' (16 April 1912). - Remarks that he met Roman Catholic clergymen on their way to Burrishoole Abbey to unveil a memorial to Fr Manus Sweeney, '…met bands and banners on George's St hill, no trouble whatever in passing thro' crowd …' (9 June 1912). - Refers to collecting his son Attie from the train (17 August 1912). - Remarks that Dr O'Rorke examined his wife and diagnosed her with '… a bad type of rheumatism and should go to Harrowgate (Harrogate) at once' (14 September 1912). - Refers to Mrs Oram departure for Harrowgate (19 September 1912). - Remarks that Mrs Oram, Isa and Attie returned from Harrowgate (Harrogate) (12 October 1912). - Refers to a meeting in Westport with the defaulting tenants from the Clogher Estate. Remarks 'I mention own fee as acting Executor for Co-Executors Carey dec'd to Murray who considered nothing due' (17 October 1912). - Refers to Newport Fair and remarks that Patrick Daly uses 'abusive language towards me, in hearing of Mr Lally to whom I was speaking …' The same individual is again abusive towards Arthur Oram in front of Mr Hennessy (20 December 1912). - Refers to a dreadful storm, damage to trees and property (24 December 1912).
Oram, Arthur, 1853-1919 --Diaries
Farm managers--Ireland--Diaries
Farm management--Ireland--Mayo
Burrishoole (Ireland : Parish)
Farm tenancy--Ireland
UCD Archives . P258/33
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