Kirkcaldy High School had, like most such institutions in Scotland, some very distinguished alumni and teachers – William Adam, the architect and father of the famous Adam brothers, was a student there, as was Adam Smith. Carlyle was a teacher there for a spell. During Stewart’s time, it was an enormous “multilateral” school of around 1500 pupils, offering courses ranging from Greek to motor car maintenance. Particularly outstanding was the teaching of mathematics by the remarkable James Whyte, who made a deep impression on Stewart and on all his contemporaries. Nevertheless, Stewart was impatient to get on and left after taking highers in the fifth year (1950-51) to study Mechanical Engineering at Edinburgh. In the following year, James Whyte scored one of his greatest triumphs, with pupils taking three places out of seven in the John Welsh Mathematical Entrance bursary list, a result that would have been even more impressive if Stewart had remained at the school.