Alastair Borthwick was a nature author, broadcaster and journalist during his days living from 17th of February 1913 to 25th of September 2003. He became more known for his books that did well in their fields and added a timeline and imagery to Scotland.
Originally born in Rutherglen, Alastair Borthwick moved as a child to Troon and then Glasgow. At the age of 16, he left school and worked as an editor on the Glasgow Herald for the featured pages. He then wrote articles on the working class as he got involved in hillwalking and climbing for the “Open Air” pages. He then worked as a journalist for the Daily Mirror in London but soon returned to Glasgow working as a broadcaster as a BBC correspondent in 1935.
He published his first book “Always a Little Further” in 1939. The book consisted of a collection of his articles written for the Glasgow Herald. His publisher, Fabers, first thought the book’s subject was unorthodox since it covered what he thought of as a rich man’s sport during that time frame. Their director, T.S. Eliot, insisted that they produced the book. “Always a Little Further” remains as one of Scotland’s best-written books on outdoor activities.
When the Second World War came, Borthwick was recruited as an Intelligence Officer in the 5th Battalion and traveled to several countries. The countries were France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and others. After the war ceased, he was asked to write the Battalion’s history, making his second published book in 1946. The book was retitled in 1994 and received critical acclaim.
Borthwick and his wife, Anne, moved to Jura and worked with broadcasting for the BBC. In 1952 moved back to Glasgow to help with the organization of Scotland’s help to the 1951 Festival of Britain. After spending some time on television, Borthwick spent the rest of his days in Beith.