On February 17, 1913, Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, and after engaging in different professionals, he passed on September 25, 2013. He was a broadcaster, author, and journalist who is remembered from his two unique books that have remained classics in the field. Borthwick lived in Troon as a child but later relocated to Glasgow, where he studied at Glasgow High School.
He joined Glasgow Herald in 1929 at the age of 16 where his first job entailed taking down copies from phoning in reporters and later became an editor of several feature pages. His involvement with the Glasgow Herald’s “open Air” page made him part of the Glasgow’s blossoming climbing and hillwalking scene. That helped him advance with his articles regarding the working class individuals from Clydebank and Glasgow venturing at the highlands during weekends.
The Daily Mirror where Alastair Borthwick was employed was a huge step in Borthwick’s journalism career. Borthwick worked for a year at Daily Mirror but returned to Glasgow where he was hired as a BBC radio reporter. “Always a Little Further,” is the collection of his various articles which Borthwick had written for the Glasgow Herald and that was published in 1939.
Borthwick was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the Seaforth Highland, the fifth Battalion (Sutherland and Caithness), during the Second World War. He was also involved throughout the war when the Seaforth Highlanders experienced a reaction in Italy, Belgium, North Africa, Holland, Germany, and Sicily.
During that time, Borthwick was requested to write the Battalion history, which was referred to as “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Sutherland and Caithness) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” which was later published in 1946. The book was printed whereby the 1994 copy is the latest print that highlighted on the British infantry Battalion action from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.
After the war came to an end, In an article from thetimes.co.uk, it says that Borthwick shifted from Glasgow to Jura and focused on doing fishing, crafting, and broadcasting at the BBC. He later relocated to Islay in 1952 and shortly returned to Glasgow to assist in the preparation of Scotland’s contribution to the Festival of Britain, in 1951. He also engaged with television scenes where he produced over 150 thirty minutes programmes for the Grampian TV. However, in 1970, he shifted to Ayrshire where he lived on a farm hill before joining a nursing home where he died in 2013.