Alastair Borthwick: The Renowned Journalist and Broadcaster from Scotland

Alastair Borthwick was Scottish Journalist and broadcaster born in Rutherglen 17th February 1913. He passed on in 2003. He is famously remembered for his two very different both of which have become classics. Alastair Borthwick lived Troon and later in Glasgow where he attended high school. In 1929, at only 16 years of age, Alastair joined the Glasgow Herald. His responsibility by the way to take copies from correspondents phoning in.; he rose to be the editor of some of the feature pages. His involvement with the Open-Air page led him to be in Glasgow’s growing hillwalking and climbing scene. This helped him to foster his articles about Glasgow’s working class as well as Clydebank venturing into highlands most of the weekends.

Author Alastair was to later move to Daily Mirror, which in journalistic career terms, was a major move. However, the lifestyle in London did not appeal to him, and within a year, he returned to Glasgow as a BBC radio correspondent. In 1939, Alastair Borthwick collection of his many pieces was published. It was dubbed Always a Little Further and had written them for the Glasgow Herald. Faber’s, who was the publisher for Alastair’s work was first apprehensive of the unconventional approach taken by the book. At the time, that was considered as the rich man’s sport, but due to the insistence of one of the directors, T.S Eliot, the book was published and has been in circulation since then, remaining one of the best outdoor activities book in Scotland to date.

When WWII came knocking, Alastair Borthwick joined the 5th Battalion as an intelligence officer. His company, the Seaforth Highlanders went to combat in North Africa, Sicily Italy, France, Holland, Belgium and as far as Germany. Once the war was over Alastair Borthwick was requested to write Battalion history “Sans Puer, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders’, which was published in 1946. As mentioned on Wiki Visually, it was published again in 1994 under the title ‘Battalion: a British Infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945’. This was when the book received critical acclaim.

After the war, Alastair and His wife Anne moved to Jura from Glasgow and continued to broadcast for BBC. Alastair Borthwick moved to a nursing home before his demise in 2003.

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