Editors. "Whiteboys societies founded in Ireland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=17775, accessed 18 April 2014.]
Whiteboys societies are founded in Ireland. These are a response to the discontent resulting from evictions. The value of pasture land had soared because of the loss of many cattle from murrain in England and on the Continent, so many landlords had forced their tenants to surrender their farms.