18th century English criminal who famously used his job as a cabinet maker to create copies of keys and rob his clients. Due to his status as an Edinburgh City Councilor, he is often cited as an example of someone who lived a double life.
He learned the art of cabinet-making from his father and soon became one of the most respected craftsman in Edinburgh.
His secret criminal lifestyle inspired author
He had five children with two different mistresses.
He was played by actor Billy Connolly in a TV movie called Deacon Brodie.