Alastair Borthwick; Story Behind The Scottish Adventurous Author

Alastair Borthwick was born 17th February 1913 and led a fulfilling life until his death in 25th September 2003 at the age of 90. He was a professional broadcaster, journalist and author who dedicated his life to exploring what more the world would offer and even wrote two books to his name. Borthwick was born in Rutherglen and then moved to Troon and later to Glasgow where he lived in his childhood years. He was admitted to Glasgow high school, and after completion at the tender age of 16, he began his career journey at Glasgow Herald.

Alastair Borthwick handled light duties such as taking notes and quotations from clients and later upgraded to being an editor in the column papers. His contribution to the paper’s column “Open Air” brought Borthwick to the limelight as he stroked very insightful pieces on the Glasgow hillwalking and climbing sceneries. This was going to be the start of something huge, and in 1935 Alastair landed a job with the Daily Mirror, then an upcoming daily in London.

Alastair Borthwick felt that the Daily Mirror job made a significant impact on his career in journalism, but London’s lifestyle did not augur well with the upcoming author. In an article post from Chronicle Week, it says that a year into working for the Daily Mirror, he left and went back to Glasgow where he took a job offer at BBC and worked as a radio correspondent. In 1939, a collection of issues he has written while working for Glasgow Herald was released to the public under the title “Always a little further.” Contrary to the publisher’s expectation, the publication received a wide and positive response as it helped build a new concept changing various sports activities into a common sport initially regarded to be for the rich.

Following the second world war, Borthwick was absorbed into the Battalion as an intelligence officer. Upon ending of the war, Borthwick wrote a book based on the Batallion experience and history. The book was published in 1946 with the title “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders.” In the next years, he continued to work as a journalist working for BBC and later to television where he produced programs for Grampian TV. Grab your copy of Alastair’s book on

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