A rebellious party of zealous Mahometans, put down by Kienlong the Chinese emperor, in 1758. So called from their head-dress.
An influential family in Kerry (Ireland), who acted a similar part as Judge Lynch in America. When neighbours became unruly, the white caps visited them during the night and beat them soundly. Their example was followed about a hundred years ago in other parts of Ireland.
(1891). A party in North America opposed to the strict Sabbatarian observance. So called because they wear high white caps. First heard of at Okawaville, Illinois.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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