Alastair Borthwick: A Scribe With A Pen, A Soldier With A Gun

Alastair Borthwick, the famous Scottish Journalist, and broadcaster are also remembering because of his work on two different books. These books have maintained their classic stature up to date. Alastair was born in 1939 at Rutherglen in Scotland. He lived in Troon as a child and later moved to Glasgow to join high school. After reaching 16 years of age, Alastair Borthwick joined Glasgow Herald and worked as the copy receiver from different correspondents who were calling in. He rose to be an editor of some of the feature pages that appeared on Glasgow Herald.

His involvement with Open Air page thrust him to the Glasgow’s growing hillwalking and climbing scene. This assisted to write articles that anchored on Glasgow and Clydebank’s working class that was venturing into the highlands especially on the weekends.

In a move considered in journalistic career terms as big, Alastair Borthwick joined the Daily Mirror. However, life in London was not as pleasing as Alastair would have expected. He opted to move back to Glasgow but this time around, as a BBC radio correspondent.

He published a collection of many pieces dubbed Always a Little Further. It was initially meant for Glasgow Herald. His publisher was apprehensive of the move because of the eccentric approach is taken by the book. However, T.S. Eliot insisted on the publication, and the book has been in circulation ever since.

Alastair joined the 5th (Caithness & Sutherland) Battalion during the WWII as an intelligence officer. His company, the Seaforth Highlanders fought in North Africa, Germany, Holland, Sicily, Italy, and France. After the way, he was requested to write a book about the Battalion history, and it was published in 1946.

When the war became over, Alastair Borthwick (@AlastairBorthw1) and his wife moved to Jura from Glasgow where he continued broadcasting for BBC, fishing, and crofting. In 1952, he moved to Islay but returned to Glasgow to help with organizing Scotland’s input into the Festival of Britain. He later moved to television and produced 150 half-hour programs for Grampian Television on various topics. He moved to Ayrshire before moving to a nursing home five years before he passed away in 2003.

Additional reading: https://www.birlinn.co.uk/Alastair-Borthwick/

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