Alastair Borthwick was a man of many talents, including being an author, broadcaster, as well as a journalist. Being born in Rutherglen in 1913, Alastair Borthwick was raised in Glasgow. Alastair Borthwick worked for many papers, including “Open Air,” as well as the “Daily Mirror,” along with these jobs, Alastair Borthwick also worked in BBC radio. Becoming very popular and writing some of the finest articles for the papers, is what got Alastair Borthwick really noticed.
Alastair Borthwick is well known for his journalism, which included writing the famous books, “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders,” as well as the “Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.” Alastair Borthwick served in World War Two as an intelligence officer, here is where he got to experience and be a part of the action in Germany, Holland, Sicily, North Africa, France, Italy, and Belgium.
Alastair Borthwick got married in 1940 to his wife Anne, when the war was ending they both moved to Jura where he continued working for BBC. In 1952, Alastair Borthwick also helped with the organization of 1951 Festival of Britain. During the sixties, Alastair Borthwick started working for the television industry, and created one hundred and fifty programs for Grampian TV, which ran approximately a half an hour each program, ranging from many different topics.
During the seventies, Alastair Borthwick and his wife Anne, moved to Ayrshire. Here is where they lived mainly the rest of their lives on a hill farm. Alastair Borthwick moved into a nursing home five years before his death in September 2003. Alastair Borthwick is remembered for his excellent work in each field that he contributed to. His classic books are still sought out to this day, and his legacy will forever be remembered in his journalism that he has left behind for the world to embrace.