Mullaun: The Dick family

Mullaun, Newport

Mullaun is a townland just to the east of Newport where, when Arthur Oram’s diaries start in 1887 his sister-in-law Isabella “Bella” Dick nee Anderson lived.

Robert Dick
  • Robert Dick 1854-1887
  • Isabella “Bella” Dick nee Anderson born 2 September 1857. Arthur Oram usually referred to Bella as “Mrs D” in his diaries.
  • James Dick born early 1885
  • Margaret Stokoe “Hittie” Dick  born 1 September 1886

Robert Dick was the son of James Dick who moved from Lanarkshire, Scotland to Ireland. In the mid 1850’s the Griffith’s Valuation shows James Dick as tenant of a total of 272 acres near Newport in the townlands of Carrowbaun, Kilbride, Knockatinnyweel, Mullaun and Tawnanameeltoge.

James Dick left Robert to run Mallaun and returned to Scotland to ‘Eastfield’ farm, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire with Robert’s brother William Dick.  Most years William visited Mayo a few times while their sister  Agnes Dick who married John Drysdale was a less frequent visitor.  In his diary Arthur Oram made a note of when he occasionally arranged for  stock to be shipped to ‘Eastfield’.

Isabella “Bella” Dick nee Anderson

During the first three months of 1884 Robert Dick married Isabella “Bella” Anderson in the registration district of Ballinrobe.   About three years earlier Bella’s sister Catherine Anderson had married Arthur Oram and was living at Wilford Lodge.

The first incidence of note in Arthur Oram’s diaries was the death of Robert Dick in May 1887, leaving Bella with an eight month old daughter Margaret “Hittie” and two year old son James. Arthur Oram ran the farm for Bella until James was old enough to gradually take charge.


Photographs of Robert Dick’s brother William Dick,  sister Agnes Dick and her husband John Drysdale who are mentioned in Arthur Oram’s diaries.

William Dick
Agnes Drysdale nee Dick
John Drysdale

The Rose connection

With the help of researchers in Scotland it has been established that  Robert Dick’s sister, Jessie Dick married William “Willie” Rose.  Willie was the farm manager at Burrishoole farmhouse and a close friend of Arthur Oram.  The connection was hinted at in Arthur Oram’s diaries as Jessie sometimes stayed at ‘Eastfield’, the Dick family home in Scotland for a few weeks.

Mrs Jessie Rose nee Dick

There was another marriage between the Dick and Rose families when, in 1896 William Dick whose photograph is above married Maria Rose.


c1920 David & Hittie Deverell with their children before emigrating to USA

 Margaret “Hittie” Dick’s marriage to David Deverell

In 1905 Margaret “Hittie” Dick  married David Weldon Page Deverell, son of the Newport hotelier Samuel Deverell.  About 1919-20, at around the time Arthur and Catherine died the family lived at Wilford before emigrating to the USA. No doubt David ran the farm at Wilford. One of Hittie’s daughters wrote the essay that is quoted in the the Anderson history page.


James Dick’s marriage to Rebecca Margaret “Raby” McKenna

Raby & James Dick are standing, seated are ‘Hittie’ Deverell nee Dick, Emily Oram, and ‘Bella’ Dick nee Anderson. c1920

In 1919 James Dick married Rebecca Margaret “Raby” McKenna and continued farming at Mullaun until his death in the 1958.

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