Alastair Borthwick was a journalist, an acclaimed author and a broadcaster whose historical accounts of Scottish adventures was responsible for Scotland’s social change. His life covered more than ninety years beginning with his birthplace in Rutherglen, Scotland.
At age 16, Alastair left high school and began his writing career at the Glasgow Herald where he wrote about how the working-class citizens entered the Highlands for jobs.
When Borthwick left the Herald five years later, he began a journalism career at the Daily Mirror. He did not adjust well to working in London and soon returned to Glasgow.
During these years, Alastair Borthwick continued his writing works, much of which were published. His first collection of writings was published in 1939, called “Always a Little Further.”
The famed T.S. Eliot was a writing fan and mentor for Alastair, who helped the publication company Fabers to be the publisher of Alastair Borthwick‘s work. As such, Always A Little Further became a top seller on outdoor Scottish Highland events.
During World War II, Alastair was assigned to the 5th Battalion that was active in Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. Naturally, after the War, he wrote about the history and the activities of the 5th Battalion. As such, his writing was called the “Seaforth Highlanders” and it was published in 1946.
The Seaforth Highlander book received top journalism awards and remained in print for many years. Other Alastair Borthwick publications include San Peur which was originally released in 1946 and was reissued in 1980 and 1990.
After the War Alastair and his wife moved to Jura and settled in a small cottage for seven years where their son was born. He began working as a broadcaster for the BBC with an added career that quickly expanded over the years to include television and his work as a producer.
Alastair also contributed to a weekly column for several years in the News Chronicle. He created a 13-part series called the Scottish Soldier which highlighted the events of the Scottish infantry regiments from the real view of the infantrymen. Alastair Borthwick passed away in 2003. Grab a copy of Alastair’s book here.
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