Yes, it’s true! His mother cried, and his father immediately took to drink.
Thomas Blood of County Meath is the only person every crazy enough to try and swipe the crown jewels. In a daring, and fairly ridiculous, move Mr. Blood attempted the jewel heist in broad daylight on May 9, 1671.
In a miraculous stroke of luck, King Charles II did not have Mr. Blood hanged. Instead he paid him handsomely, thinking his amazing brash and bravado deserved a reward. The two were seen together in Ireland several months later downing pints at Durty Nelly’s, where Charles borrowed Mr. Blood’s disguise to enjoy his jaunt in Ireland without the papparazi!
Sliante, The crew at authenticireland.com