Alastair Borthwick: Scottish Writer

Alastair Borthwick was a famous journalist and author who has written extensively about the Scottish outdoors. He has served as a newspaper editor, a radio correspondent, an intelligence officer, and a television producer. His written contributions concerning outdoor activity in Scotland have given him great acclaim and helped ensure he will be long remembered.

Alastair Borthwick was born on February 17, 1913 in the town of Rutherglen. he ended up living in Glasgow where he attended the local high school before dropping out at 16 and working for the local newspaper called the Glashow Herald. His work at the paper took him to the level of editor where his work on the Open Air section first brought to his attention the outdoor activities of climbing and hillwalking. It was around this time that he wrote extensively about the outdoor activities of the working class from Glasgow which helped push the outdoor activities of Scotland to greater national awareness.

For a brief period in 1935, Mr. Borthwick lived in London while working at the Daily Mirror. He did not care for the city much and returned to Glasgow to work as a BBC radio correspondent soon after. A few years later, Mr. Borthwick saw the publication of Always a Little Further, a book which chronicled many of the contributions to the Glasgow Herald that he had made over the years concerning outdoor activities in Scotland.

Alastair Borthwick‘s time as an intelligence officer occurred as the Second World War broke out. His time as part of the Seaforth Highlanders lasted until the wars end. Alastair Borthwick wrote about his experiences as part of the 5th battalion, the aformentioned Seaforth Highlanders, in a book called Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders.

Mr. Borthwick would continue his work for the BBC after the war ended and would move towards television programs by the 1960’s. He and his wife, Anne, moved to a farm in the 1970’s and went into retirement by the 1990’s. He passed away on the 25th of September in 2003.

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