Alastair Borthwick is a world-renowned British writer. The late Alastair Borthwick passed on in 2003. He was born on the 17th of February 1913. His birthplace was Rutherglen, but he also lived in Troon and then later moved to Glasgow where he would spend most of his adult years.
In 1940 Mr. Borthwick was engaged to a beautiful girl. Her name was Anne, and she was the love of his life. He married her soon after in the same year. They would spend a while in Glasgow but would move to Jura where Mr. Borthwick was a broadcaster for the BBC. Alastair would spend the rest of his life with her at Islay in 1952 before relocating to Glasgow and then to Ayrshire in the ’70s where they lived on a hill farm and then in a nursing home in Beith till his tragic death in 2003.
Mr. Borthwick began his career in the media a long while back. After starting school at Glasgow High School, he left at the age of 16 to work on the Glasgow Herald beginning with copying from correspondents phoning in and later as editor of some of the feature pages. From early on Mr.Borthwick was an outdoorsman all the way through to his old age. When they moved with his family to Jura where he worked as a broadcaster for the BBC, he would fish and craft at the same time.
Mr. Borthwick was recruited into the army during the Second World War, and he was a valiant soldier. His acts of valor were manifested when his regiment, the 5th(Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders engaged hostiles in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany.Mr. Borthwick was a free spirit, and it is at his time with the Glasgow Herald that he truly liberated himself.
When writing for the paper’s Open Air page, he was actively involved with climbers and Glasgow’s blossoming hillwalking scene. This section highlighted the activities of Glasgow’s working class people and their adventures in the Highlands at weekends. In 1939 Mr. Bortwick published a collection of his articles for the Glasgow Herald under the title “Always a Little Further.”His other bestselling book was called “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders”, 1946.