A practice which derives its name from Capt. C. C. Boycott
, of Lough Mask House, in Mayo, Ireland
, who in 1880, as land agent of Lord Erne, an Irish nobleman, evicted a large number of tenants.
These with their friends refused to either work for him or trade with him, and would not permit others to do so. Finally sixty Orangemen from the north of Ireland
, armed with revolvers and supported by a strong escort of cavalry, organized themselves into a “Boycott
relief expedition,” and after gathering his crops carried him to a place of safety.
In the United States
the boycott is sometimes used by trade unions in times of strikes.
More or less stringent laws against boycotting have been enacted in Illinois
, New Hampshire
, New York, Alabama
, North Dakota
, South Dakota
, and Vermont