Record

LevelFile
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)OMN/C/1/3
TitleDiary, 1898
Extent1 vol
Date1898
DescriptionParticular entries record visits to Ireland by Maud and her husband, the first of which takes place in Apr when 'Waldie' sails 13 Apr and Maud follows him 18 Apr. They attend race meetings at the Curragh where Waldie is riding, and Maud also spends time alone in Dublin. Her father visits 26 Apr, and they go to a polo match and visit Phoenix Park 28 Apr, and also watch the races at Leopardstown. Waldie returns to Ireland in Jun, and Maud has to make several trips there during the summer. It is apparent that they have bought a house outside Dublin, called 'Oatlands', and Maud spends time during the summer packing up furniture in preparation for the move to this house, which takes place in Aug. Maud records a 'general holiday in Dublin for a nationalist demonstration laying Wolf Tone's foundation stone' 15 Aug. She spends most of her time in Ireland shopping in Dublin or attending horse races and seems to be left alone for much of the time. She attends a horse show 24 Aug but records that 'Waldie disappeared almost directly we arrived so I had to tack on to wretched Bill all day'.

Maud makes regular visits back to England and travels to Scotland 21 Oct 'to stay with my people' in Stirling, where the party participate in the usual countryside pursuits of shooting and fishing. She also visits London to go shopping and attend the theatre 10 Oct.
Activities which take place before the move to Ireland include a New Year ball at Abbots Hill 5 Jan and Miss Worthington's wedding at Lichfield cathedral 12 Jan. Maud is patroness of the Meynell Hunt ball 27 Jan and gives details of arrangements for the event. She also gives details of a pit explosion at Padmore 7 Feb. She attends several race meetings during the spring, including the Liverpool races and the Grand National 24 Mar, the Epsom Derby 25 May, and Ascot 16 Jun.

The diary also records news about her baby's welfare, including details about his illness in late Feb, the arrival of a new nurse for him 21 Mar, and his holiday in Folkestone which took place while Maud was in the process of moving to Ireland. The first lodgings they arrive at 18 Jul are 'horrid place full of fleas, black beetles & we had grubby sheets'. After changing lodgings the baby and nurse spend some weeks there, and return 10 Aug. Maud writes that baby Oswald is 'so funny & shy with us at first but gradually made friends'.
The bottom of pages 6-9 Sept have been cut out
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