Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire on 17th February 1913, and brought up in Troon and Glasgow. He attended Glasgow High School and at a young age, he started working for Glasgow Herald in 1929 as a telephone operator. During his lifetime, he was also worked as an author, journalist and a broadcaster.
After working as a telephone operator, he was promoted to be the writer and editor of the Children’s Page, Film Reviews, Women’s Page, and Reader’s Queries. He also worked as the Crossword Compiler and became a consistent contributor to the top presented pages. While he worked in the Glasgow paper, “Open Air Page,” he discovered that many people got interests with the refreshment part of his article and love of hill and rock climbing.
In 1935, Alastair Borthwick secured a job as the news reporter at the Daily Mirror in the Fleet. Although working in the Daily Mirror was a major step in his journalism career, Borthwick left the job within one year and went back to the Glasgow where he worked as a BBC Radio correspondent. In 1938, Borthwick managed the Press Club, an Empire Exhibition and also worked as a commentary from the top of the Exhibition Tower during heavy shower while wearing a top hat and morning coat.
On the onset of the Second World War, Borthwick worked as an intelligence officer on the 5th Battalion, the Southerland and Caithness. Together with the Sea forth Highland climbers, he was obligated to oversee actions in North Africa, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Sicily, and Italy. After the war ended, he wrote a Battalion history which was published in 1946.
Borthwick also moved with his wife Anne and settled in Jura where he lived for seven years while working for the BBC. Later in 1952, Borthwick progressed to Slay and then Glasgow where he assisted in the planning of Scotland’s association in the Festival of Britain party.
He also worked in the creation of “150 a half hour” program for Grampian TV on varied topics. Later, Borthwick and his family shifted to Ayrshire in 1970, and after about thirty years living in Ayrshire, he relocated to a nursing home in Beith where he died in 2003. His book Life Among the Scots is available on Amazon.