Alastair Borthwick was a journalist, broadcaster and an acclaimed author who has written two famous books that are still in print. Alastair Borthwick was born in February, 1913 in Rutherglen, Scotland. His family moved to Glasgow when he was eleven years old.
Alastair Borthwick began his career in journalism in 1929, at the age of 16, with the Glasgow Herald. He transcribed phone-ins from corespondents and later as an editor, worked on some of their featured pages including “Open Air”. As mentioned on Wikivisually.com, Alastair generated controversy by covering the Glasgow working class who would take to rock-climbing in the Highlands which was typically reserved for the privileged. Then in 1935, Alastair went to work for the Daily Mirror but did not really care for living in London. A year later, he returned to Glasgow and began working in radio broadcasting, for the BBC.
In 1939, his first book “Always A Little Further”, was a collection of the works he had written while at the Glasgow Herald, but not without the same controversy which surrounded the original articles, when they were first published. However, at the insistance of famous poet, T.S. Eliot who was one of the directors at Faber’s Publishing at the time, the book was published and is still considered one of the best books written on one of Scotland’s favorite outdoor activities.
In 1946, after World War II in which Alastair was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer in the 5th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders, he was asked to write about the Battalion and first-hand soldiers’ accounts on the front-line battles and trials they faced while confronting their enemies places like Italy, North Africa and Europe. His book titled “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th(Caithness and Sutherland)Battalion, the Seaford Highlanders” won tremendous acclaim.
After the war, Alastair Borthwick worked for the BBC in broadcasting until he retired in the early 1970’s. He moved his wife, Anne and their son to Ayrshire. His wife whom he married in 1940, passed away a few months before Alastair who passed away in September, 2003. He is survived by his son, Patrick.