Alastair Borthwick, The Renowned Scottish Broadcast Journalist Who The World Will Miss


Alastair Charles Borthwick is a renowned Scottish journalist, the author whose insights and stories that he covered in his writings continue to linger in the minds of many people. Borthwick was born on February 17, 1913. He died on September 25, 2003. Although Alastair was born and raised in Rutherglen and Troon, respectively, he went ahead to attend his formal elementary and further education from Glasgow. To show his passion for writing, he started working for the Evening Times as a copytaker. After this first job as a copytaker, Alastair Borthwick moved to the Glasgow Weekly Herald, a newspaper that published many of Alastair’s stories. Among the stories, Borthwick wrote while working for the Glasgow Weekly Herald covered articles about women, children, and stories from across the world, under a section called Crossworld. Alastair also crafted front page leads that attracted many readers.

When writing a column titled ‘Open Air’, Alastair Borthwick did a lot of research. His intense quest led to the discovery of something great. According to several newspaper articles and various articles, Alastair discovered ‘Mountain Climbing’. This was not a new thing to the world but it was a brilliant discovery for the common person. Prior to Borthwick’s rock climbing discovery, the sport was only revered to people with the money, influence and who are known to get financing from organizations and other institutions. But after the discovery, the young and unpopular to take part in rock climbing, an event that was perceived for the rich.

At the start, Alastair Borthwick‘s recent discoveries were published in the Herald’s column. As many people started reading these new gems, it was time for Alastair to take his discoveries a step further. When the right time came, Alastair Borthwick compiled his discoveries and published a book ‘Always a Little Further’ in 1939. According to the Times UK, at the start of the Second World War, Alastair Borthwick was included in the 5th Battalion, as the Intelligence Officer overseeing several territories, which included Sicily, North Africa, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, and Italy. During the entire time the war continued, Alastair took an active intelligence role. Finally, when the war ended, Alastair Borthwick published his second book, Sans Peur, The History of the 5th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders. In later years, the title was changed to ‘Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.”

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