When the Wheatsheaf opened in 1797, King George III (Mad King George) was on the throne and William Pitt the Younger was Prime Minister.  

Mad King George (left) and William Pitt the Younger (right)

Falkirk was a dark, murky and possibly unsafe place, with gloomy, poorly-lit closes and wynds. In fact, the Wheatsheaf lies in one of them, Baxter’s (Baker’s) Wynd. Many of these passageways were twisting and narrow and no doubt citizens had to be wary as they went about their evening business.

Little boy outside Wheatsheaf Inn