Before Alastair Borthwick came into the picture, Scotland’s outdoor activity arena remained a mystery to many. However, when he joined the Glasgow Herald and got promoted as editor, he helped change the story by depicting a better picture of the region’s outdoor activity through his piece, titled, “Always A Little Further.”This piece was just one in his collection of the pieces that he had initially written for Glasgow’s Herald.
Alastair was born in Rutherglen on 17th February 1913 but grew up in Troon prior to relocating to Glasgow where he enrolled for his high school education in Glasgow High school. In 1929, Alastair joined Glasgow Herald where his initial role was to take down copies from correspondents. That was quite a huge responsibility considering he was only sixteen. After a few years, he was promoted, and he began serving as the paper’s open-air editor. Thanks to this role that pieces like “Always A Little Further” were born because it exposed him to Glasgow’s hillwalking and climbing scene. This gave him the inspiration to start writing about the wider picture of Scotland’s outdoor activities.
In 1935, author Alastair Borthwick moved to London where he worked for the Daily Mirror. Even though it’s an opportunity many would kill for, London just wasn’t the place for him, and after twelve months, he relocated back to London where he began working as a radio correspondent at BBC. At the starting of the Second World War, Alastair joined the 5th battalion, known as Seaforth Highlanders in which he was appointed as the intelligence officer. The battalion traveled to different parts of the world during the war including North Africa, Germany, Sicily among many others.
After the war, he wrote the book, “Sans Peur, the history of the 5th (Caithness & Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” which talked about the battalion which he was part of, and the copy that was published in 1946. It is also after the war that he and his wife Anne moved to Jura where he again worked at BBC. Alastair Borthwick loved fishing and crafting, and he indulged heavily in these activities when he was not working. In 1952, he again moved back to Glasgow before moving into television in the 1960’s. After a decade on TV, Alastair moved to Ayrshire where he lived with his wife on a farm before moving to a nursing home in Beuth where he stayed until his death in September 2003.
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