Brewer's: Terry Alts
Insurgents of Clare, who appeared after the Union, and committed numerous outrages. These rebels were similar to ?the Thrashers? of Connaught, ?the Carders,? the followers of ?Captain Rock? in 1822, and the Fenians (1869).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894