The Impressive Career Of The Late Alaistar Borthwick

Alaistar Borthwick was born on February 17, 1913 and achieved success as an author, journalist, and broadcaster. Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, and lived in Troon and later on in Glasgow as a child. He attended the Glasgow High School, but left the school when he was 16 years old in 1923, in order to work for the Glasgow Herald. Initially he took down copy from the correspondents who were phoning in, and then he worked as an editor of some of the feature pages.

As a result of his involvement with the “Open Air” page of the newspaper, Alaistar Borthwick became involved in the climbing and hillwalking scene of Glasgow, which was just growing. In 1935, he got a job for the Fleet Street-based Daily mirror, which was a major step in his career as a journalist. The London lifestyle did not appeal to him, and he returned to Glasgow one year later, where he worked as a radio correspondent for the BBC.

He published “Always a Little Further” in 1939, which was a collection of many pieces written for the Glasgow Herald. While the publisher was unsure about the approach that the book took in regards to hillwalking and climbing, T.S. Eliot, one of the directors insisted that the book gets released. Currently it is considered one of the best written books about outdoor activity in Scotland.

Alaistar Borthwick was commissioned into the 5th Battalion during World War II, acting as an Intelligence Officer. His Battalion saw action in Italy, France, Belgium, North Africa, Sicily, Germany, and Holland, Borthwick being involved throughout. He asked to write about the history of the Battalion, which resulted in the book “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders”, published in 1946.

After the war, Alaistar Borthwick moved from Glasgow to Jura with his wife Anne, where he practiced crafting and fishing, and continued his work as a broadcaster for the BBC. He transitioned into television in the 1960s, producing 150 half hour episodes for Grampian TV. During the 1970s, Borthwick and his wife moved to Ayrshire, before moving to a nursing home in Beith, 5 years before his death in 2003.

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