Returning to Ireland, he found the peasantry engaged in the great agrarian struggle which produced the “Whiteboys.”
It would be best for us follow after the rest of the army of the Whiteboys.
From Armagh we marched to Naas, the country to the south having become much disturbed by the Whiteboys, as they termed themselves.
And does he blacken his face as well as the other Whiteboys?
He meant by that that he didn't give up the names of the other Whiteboys.
But why, Alick, are you surrounded by such a number of Whiteboys.
The principal secret societies were the Oakboys and the Steelboys of the north, and the Whiteboys of the south.
Some were afraid he'd give up the names of the other Whiteboys; but he did not.
Or maybe that fleet of Whiteboys had the place ransacked before we ourselves came in.
The word was also used in Ireland during the 18th century to describe a secret revolutionary society similar to the Whiteboys.