One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In plural An agrarian protest movement active in south-west Ireland in 1785-8, which acted in the name of the symbolic leader ‘Captain Right’, and whose chief grievance was the level of tithes payable to the Church of Ireland; individual branches of the movement later put forward a variety of other demands relating to the social and economic conditions of rural workers.
Late 18th century. From right + the plural of boy, after white boy, and probably suggested by the assumed name Captain Right.
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