The Nature Lover Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick is a talented author and broadcaster who loved nature. He enjoyed climbing mountains in Scotland and talking about the war he had witnessed during his time. He lived a very successful life and passed away at the tender age of 90 years old. He was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire and at age 16 he became a copy taker for the Evening Times. A copy taker is a person who types up reports as journalists tell them stories over the phone. He eventually began working for the Glasglow Weekly Herald Due to limited staff, he began writing and editing women’s, children’s, and film pages for the newspaper. He was also responsible for answering the reader’s queries and writing letters to the editors. His first book was “Always A Little Further”, which is a comical memoir that gives vivid descriptions about the Scottish highlands. He ran a press club in the Empire Exhibition and then joined BBC. He did radio broadcasting and then became a captain and was a battalion intelligence officer. In 1945, he led an army of 600 men through German lines. He then wrote a book about the last three years of the battalion’s campaigning. During the same year, he moved away from the city with his wife and had his son 7 years later. Borthwick worked with BBC to come out with a series on post-war Scotland and the series ran for three years. He won an OBE for this series and then began writing in a weekly column for the next few years n the News Chronicle. For the rest of his career, Borthwick started working with Grampian TV in the 1960s and then scripted and presented programs about all different subjects. One of the programs was a 13 part series about Scottish infantry regiments which many people enjoyed viewing.

Alastair Borthwick was a successful and talented leader, writer, and lover of nature. He lived a very long life and was dedicated to his writing and talking about things he witnessed as a captain during the war. Borthwick knew he would be remembered for years to come and considered himself a journeyman writer.

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Alastair Borthwick, the Celebrated author, Broadcaster and Journalist

Alastair Borthwick remains as one of the most celebrated personalities across the world. The renowned writer, journalist, and broadcaster was born in Rutherglen. He spent most of his childhood days in Troon before his family later relocated to Glasgow. While in Glasgow, he attended Glasgow High School until the age of sixteen.

 

After High School, Alastair Borthwick secured employment with the Evening Times as a copytaker. His primary duties included recording statements as the field journalists relayed them to the news house. Later on, Alastair joined the Glasgow Herald. He worked in a team of five as a writer in a variety of favorite topics. His most significant pieces included the women’s page, page leads, children’s pages, and compiling of the crossword.

 

While still working for the Glasgow Herald, Alastair Borthwick became in charge of the newspaper’s “Open Air” page. To generate favorite topics for the page, Alastair had to venture outdoors and interact with Glaswegians, especially the fans of rock climbing and mountaineering. During his outdoor ventures, he discovered rock climbing, an outdoor sport which had been a preserve for the rich Glaswegians.

 

After several years of writing adventure stories for the “Open Air” page, Alastair compiled his materials to come up with his first novel, Always a Little Further. The book detailed the numerous adventurous escapades of young and daring Glaswegians in mountaineering and rock climbing. Most of the story describes the romantic experiences of the poor hitchhiking north, camping, and sleeping in caves. The book was first published in 1939.

 

Apart from writing and journalism, Alastair Borthwick was also a patriot. He served as a soldier in the British Army during the Second World War. He served with various army units in Sicily, North Africa, and Western Europe. He served at the rank of a captain and later as an Intelligence Officer.

 

Alastair served longest with the 5th Seaforth Highlanders, 51st Highland Division. Starting as a private soldier, he navigated through the ranks to become a second lieutenant and then a lance corporal. However, his time with the military was not always rosy. His side suffered heavy shelling and bombing from the German side. He was one of the lucky to survive the onslaught.

 

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