Belfast’s King of the Cat Burglars…

Perhaps you’ve never heard of him? Or perhaps you have? IN any case one of Belfast’s most notorious sons slipped his moorings last month. Peter Craig Gulston, or Peter Scott as he came to be known was…

…variously hailed the “King of the Cat Burglars”, “Burglar to the Stars” or the “Human Fly”. He identified a Robin Hood streak in himself, too, asserting in his memoirs that he had been “sent by God to take back some of the wealth that the outrageously rich had taken from the rest of us”.

“I felt like a missionary seeing his flock for the first time,” he explained when he recalled casing Dropmore House, the country house of the press baron Viscount Kemsley, on a rainy night in 1956 and squinting through the window at the well-heeled guests sitting down to dinner. “I decided these people were my life’s work.”

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  • Dec

    ‘He identified a Robin Hood streak in himself, too, asserting in his memoirs that he had been “sent by God to take back some of the wealth that the outrageously rich had taken from the rest of us”.’

    I’m fairly certain that Robin Hood didn’t lose ‘every penny in the Palm Beach Casino at Cannes.’