Alastair Borthwick, who lived as an author, journalist and broadcaster is still remembered and recognized for the interesting work he did in ninety years of his life. He wrote two very thought-provoking and captivating books for which he is renowned. But to acquaint you with his timeline and biography is the purpose of this article.
Beginning with the historical journey, he was born on 17th February 1913 in Rutherglen. The early years of his childhood were spent in Rutherglen, then he went to Troon and then later to Glasgow. He also attended his high school in Glasgow. When he was just 16 years old he left high school (in the year 1929) to work as a copy taker in the Evening Times. He spent few years working there and a few other places too. Then in 1935 he started another job in the Daily mirror at Fleet Street. It turned out that the London lifestyle didn’t suit him much so he came back to Glasgow after a while. He was married in 1940 to a lady named Anne.
Alastair Borthwick, who was good at writing and editing was commissioned into the 5th battalion (Caithness and Sutherland), the Seaforth Highlanders as an intelligence officer in the Second World War. However, after the World War ended in 1946 Alastair Borthwick was asked to write a Battalion history, which of course he did so and it got published the following year 1946.
In 1946, along with his wife, he moved from Glasgow to Jura. There he began crofting and fishing along with working for BBC. After 12 years of staying there, they moved back to Glasgow because Alastair wanted to help the organization of Scotland’s contribution to the 1951 Festive of Britain. Later in 1960, he produced television programs for Grampian TV on numerous subjects. After 10 years, in 1970s Borthwick moved to Ayrshire, where he lived on a hill farm. Before five years of his death, he moved to a nursing home in Beith. He breath his last breath on the 25th September of 2003. Here’s a link to Borthwick’s “Always a Little Further“.