A secret agrarian association organised in Ireland about the
year 1759. So called because they wore white shirts in their nightly
expeditions. In 1787 a new association appeared, the members of which
called themselves “Right-boys.” The Whiteboys were
originally called “Levellers,” from their throwing down
fences and levelling enclosures. (See
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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