For nearly forty years John Wilson travelled the length and breadth of Scotland as a school inspector. From orkney to
campbeltown and Jura to Dundee, he visited hundreds of schools and met thousands of teachers and pupils.
In these memoirs, first published in 1928, he paints an insightful yet humorous picture of life in the country’s schools after
the 1872 education Act, which brought free schooling for all Scottish children between the ages of five and ten.