Alastair Borthwick was born in 1913 and passed on in 2003. He was a media personality and author of two of the bestselling books worldwide. Alastair Borthwick was a native of Rutherglen and spent his childhood in Glasgow and Troon. He was a graduate of Glasgow High School.
Alastair Borthwick’s journalism career
Upon graduation in 1929, he started working at Glasgow Herald and rose above ranks to the position of editor of the paper. During his tenure with the Glasgow Herald, Alastair Borthwick began to exploring Glasgow’s touring sites particularly rock-climbing exhibitions. He then began featuring these beautiful scenes and sports in some of the articles he wrote.
Alastair Borthwick left Glasgow Herald in 1935 when he got a job with the Daily Mirror. Then, this opportunity was a significant milestone for Alastair Borthwick’s career in journalism. However, this London based company left him unsatisfied and within a year, he quit and went back to Glasgow Herald. Alastair Borthwick took up the position of BBC radio correspondent where he continued to build his skills as a radio presenter.
In 1939, a majority of the articles he had written for the Glasgow Herald were featured in a publication known as “Always a Little Further.” Fabers, the then publishers of this book were unsure about the impact the book was going to have on the society because it featured a sport for the rich and affluent. Contrary to their expectations, this book turned out to be one of the most sought-after books in Scotland.
Alastair Borthwick joins the 5th Battalion.
At the start of World War II, Alastair Borthwick was recruited as an intelligence officer to the 5th Battalion for the Seaforth Highlanders. His troupe fought in Germany, Holland, North Africa, France, Italy, Belgium, and Sicily. Towards the end of the war, Alastair Borthwick was mandated to write about the history of his brigade.
This work resulted in a book known as “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” which was published in 1946. For over seven decades, this book has been cited and reprinted by various stakeholders. In 1994, it was reprinted and named “Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.” Alastair Borthwick’s work has for years received praise by numerous people.