Alastair Borthwick’s Proud Legacy

A recent report was given recently from Undiscovered Scotland concerning Alastair Borthwick. This person was born in Rutherglen on February 17, 1913, and he died on September 25, 2003. He was a broadcaster, an author, and a journalist who was primarily remembered for two of his books that are classic yet very different from each other.

His Early Years & Accolades

As a child, Alastair Borthwick resided in Troon and then in Glasgow. He went to Glasgow High School, but he left this school to work at the Glasgow Herald in 1929 at the age of 16. He started working there taking information from correspondents who phoned in. He, later on, became an editor for some feature pages. His work history also includes the following:

  • He took a career in journalism at the Daily Mirror in Fleet Street in 1935
  • Commission to WWII at the Seaforth Highlanders of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion as an Intelligence Officer
  • Wrote and published a book about the Battalion history in 1946 called “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders”
  • Produced 150 30-minute programs on television in the 1960s for Grampian TV about various topics
  • After the war, he combined fishing and crofting for his broadcasting job at BBC in Jura

His Personal Life & Last Years

In 1940, journalist Alastair Borthwick married his wife, Ann. When he returned from war, he and his wife moved to Jura from Glasglow. Then, they moved to Islay in 1952. For the 1951 Festival of Britain, Alastair Borthwick returned to Glasgow to assist with Scotland’s organization to contribute to this festival. Then in the 1970s, he and his wife moved to Ayrshire. They lived there on a hill farm before he moved to a nursing home in Beith in 1998.

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