Whiteboyism - definition of Whiteboyism by The Free Dictionary
the principles or conduct of the Whiteboys
the doctrines and activities of the Irish Whiteboys, a secret agrarian society formed in 1761 to fight high rents [from the white shirts worn by the members at night for identification]. — Whiteboy, n.See also: Politics
References in periodicals archive
Paul Roberts, "Caravats and Shanavests: Whiteboyism
and Faction Fighting in East Munster, 1802-1811," in Irish Peasant: Violence and Unrest, 1780-1914, ed.
A remote ancestor was a Father Nicholas Sheehy, framed and hanged for whiteboyism
(agrarian agitation) in the late eighteenth century in what amounted to an exercise in judicial murder.
He reconsiders whiteboyism
from the beginning of the 19th century in the county from a variety of historiographic perspectives.