The Legacy of Alastair Borthwick

A native of Rutherglen, Scotland, Alastair Borthwick built an amazing career in journalism and broadcasting. Borthwick lived most of his live in the town of Glasgow where he eventually attened Glasgow High School. Soon after high school Borthwick’s long career in journalism began.

Alastair Borthwick’s first job was with the Glasgow Weekly Herald, the local town newspaper. During this time Borthwick began writing on a variety of topics and discovered his interest in the outdoors. During this time he discovered rock climbing which had a growing popularity in the area. More and more people in the middle class were participating in this activity. These experiences lead to Borthwick eventually writing a book titled Always a Little Further in 1939. The book was very successful and has been in print for nearly eighty years.

Alastair Borthwick spent many years serving his country. During World War II he was a member of British Army units including groups in Sicily, Europe and North Africa. Borthwick served as a Battalion Intelligence Officer. He would eventually reach the rank of captain. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was leading nearly six hundred men in secret behind enemy German soldiers.

Borthwick’s experiences during war provided inspiration for more writing. His second book was titled Sans Peur. This highly acclaimed second book was an account of the history of his group during the war. What made it so unique was that it was written from the perspective of someone who was on the front line. The book has been in publication for many years.

After serving his country, Alastair Borthwick turned his attention to other talents. He spent a lot of time working in tv and radio production. During this time Borthwick produced more than one hundred and fifty thirty minute programs on a variety of topics including inventors, Scottish soldiers and the Second World War. Borthwick’s work is still relevant today. He lost his wife Anne in June of 2003. Alastair Borthwick passed away later that year.

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