The late Alastair Borthwick was born in Ruther Glen in 17th February 1913 but grew up in Troon and later relocated to Glasgow where he attended his high school. Alastair married Anne in 1940 and lived with her in Jura. Borthwick combined fishing, broadcasting, and crofting while living in Jura with his wife. In the 1970s Borthwick retired and moved to Ayrshire on a hill farm later on in 1998 he moved to the nursing home in Beith. He died having lived for 90 years.
Journalism and Broadcasting.
Alastair Borthwick became a journalist for the Daily Mirror at the age of 22 years then in the same year he worked as a correspondent for the BBC radio. In 1960 he joined the Grampian television, broadcasting at least 150 half-hour program. He always considered the Scottish soldier as his great period of work.
Alastair Charles Borthwick is a renowned author for two different books that he wrote which brings out the aspect of Scotland’s outdoor activities. One of the books “Always a Little Further,” was published in 1963. During the Second World War Borthwick published the second book called Sans Peur (Battalion in 1994) on the Battalion History.
3.Battalion Intelligence officer.
Alastair Borthwick was crowned as the intelligence officer during the Second World War into the 5th Caithness and Sutherland Battalion. He became a captain before transferring to Reconnaissance Corps in January 1941 after being promoted to be a lieutenant. Alastair led a battalion of 600 men in the Netherlands following his conscience as the maps had misleading information and the next day the British dug behind the Germans and won the battle, Borthwick will be remembered for this was a great achievement.
Alastair gave a hand to the organization of Scotland’s contribution in organizing and planning the 1952 festival of Britain. He was a hardworking, intelligent and a person of great self-confidence. For this, he will be remembered for all the contributions during the Second World War and to Scotland people through his writings.
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