A Brief History of Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick was a Scottish journalist who was born in Rutherglen Scotland in 1913, and spent much of his time in Glasgow. Much of his early works were featured in the Glasgow Herald’s “The Open Air” pages. He started his writing career transcribing callers stories for the Glasgow Herald, before becoming an editor for some of the featured Herald’s pages. He soon found a better job in London with a different paper, but he did not feel quite at home in London, and returned to Glasgow in Scotland within a few years.

Alastair Borthwick was seen as somewhat “unconventional” with his fascination with things such as rock climbing and hiking; activities typically viewed as something only rich people did. It was one of Alastair’s favourite subjects to write about. One his books, published by Fabers in 1939; “Always a Little Further“. This book is a collection of his various writings that he written for the Glasgow Herald at first.

When the beginning of World War II came about, Borthwick was commissioned into the army, as part of the 5th battalion. His time spent in the war inspired him to produce a book, “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders”. In 1994, the book was republished under a different, albeit still lenghty title: “Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945”.

In 1940, Alastair Borthwick married his beloved, Anne. Together, they moved to Jura, then Islay, then finally settling back into Glasgow. They moved to allow Alastair Borthwick could help with the production for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Alastair then became a broadcaster for the BBC, and was quite prolific. He and his wife moved to Ayrshire where they lived a quiet life, until Alastair Brothwick went to Beith to live inside a nursing home. Alastair Borthwick passed away in 2003, having lived a life of about 90 years. Get your copy of Alastair’s book on Amazon.

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