Alastair Borthwick More than a Writer

Alastair Borthwick, deceased at 90, possessed rare talent. The first literary success he had was a memoir entitled, Always A Little Further, the second was a book about the last part of World War 2.

Alastair Borthwick’s Origin

Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire and raised in Troon, Ayrshire. When he was eleven he moved to Glasgow where he attended high school. He began copy editing for the Evening Times at 16 before moving on to the Glasgow Weekly Herald. The staff was small and he edited various sections of the paper in addition to following leads for the front page while making the crossword.

Professional Accomplishments

Borthwick aspired to Fleet Street, in 1935 he went to work for London’s Daily Mirror for a year. He ran Empire Exhibition’s press club before becoming a part of BBC. His metier became outdoors topics and Scotland when he went into radio broadcasting. Borthwick was talented with the spoken word, the scripts he produced would defy anyone to guess he wrote them himself when he read them on air.

The Military

He joined the military when a war broke out serving with the 5th Seaforth Highlanders of the 51st Highland Division. He did battalion intelligence and reached the level of captain. He led 600 men through German lines during 1945 in the Netherlands. When the enemy woke up the platoon was behind them. Borthwick was excused from attending VE Day parades in exchange for writing up the battalion’s campaigning over the last few years. This resulted in a book.

Personal Life

Alastair Borthwick married Ann during 1940 and the two did not want to go back to the city when the war ended. The couple moved into a small cottage on Jura’s coast during 1945. The couple would live surrounded by nature for seven years during which time they had a son, Patrick. Borthwick would write a column for the News Chronicle and join Grampian TV in the 1960s.