It is late July 1883, and the Napier Commission has arrived on the distant north coast of Scotland. Sitting in the hamlet of Bettyhill, a village 30 miles west of Thurso, the Commission has just spoken at length to 23-year old Adam Gunn, on the problems, facing the people in his district. His interrogation comes to a grinding conclusion with this exchange:
25560. Have you always been engaged in agricultural labour, or have you had any other occupation?
—I am a student as well.
25561. In the university?
25562. Which university?
25563. For the purpose of entering one of the professions?
—I am not sure.