Born February 17, 1913 in Rutherglen, Scotland, Alastair Borthwick later became a journalist after dropping out of Glasgow High School at the age of 16. He was hired by the Glasgow Herald, and his duties there included editing the newspaper’s feature pages and taking phone calls from people who wanted to have something printed in the publication. His work on the Open Air feature page was focused on reporting on the area’s working class population’s weekend ventures into the Highlands for hill walking and climbing, and the articles he wrote garnered a good amount of attention among the citizens. By 1939, some of these articles were published in a book he wrote called Always a Little Further, which remains one of the most interesting books ever written about outdoor activity in Scotland.
Alastair Borthwick also worked at another news publication called the Daily Mirror, which required him to move to London in 1935. Although this new job was a big step up from his last one, he realized that he wasn’t that fond of the London lifestyle, so he returned to Glasgow within a year and started working as a correspondent for the BBC radio station. After World War 2 began, he was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer in the 5th Battalion at Caithness and Sutherland. When the most major intensities of the war died down, he was asked to write about his experiences in the military, which he did in 1946 in a book he named Sans Peur, The History of the 5th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders.
After the war ended completely, Alastair Borthwick (@alastairborthwickauthor), along with his wife Anne, moved from Glasgow to a place called Jura, where he continued his job as a broadcaster for the BBC. The couple relocated to several other cities after that, and by the 1960s, he began working as a TV producer, putting together 30-minute programs based on a wide range of topics. The author and his wife moved to a hill farm in Ayrshire in the next decade, and in 1998, Alastair was admitted to a nursing home in Beith, where he died 5 years later.