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.