The Worlds First Bicycle is inspired by the story of Kirkpatrick Macmillan, a 19th century blacksmith from Dumfries-shire in rural Scotland who is argued to be the inventor of the world’s first bicycle. He was also a fiddler, an organist at the local church and a part-time dentist based in the tiny village of Keirmill.
This story surrounds the supposed wager that took place between Kirkpatrick & Jim, his sceptical friend, and the incidents that led up to MacMillan winning the bet.
During Kirkpatrick's attempt to prove the roadworthiness of his steed he accidentally runs over a young girl. Fortunately she was uninjured but the police saw fit to bring Kirkpatrick before a court in the Gorbals on the south side of Glasgow, fining him 5 shillings.
However the magistrate was so inspired that he offered to repay Kirkpatrick's fine in return for a display of this “velocipede... of ingenious design"