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.