Alastair Borthwick was a man who his name will never go below the soil. He was born on 17th February 1913 and in his life he lived an extraordinary life taking part in various activities and leaving historical marks in everywhere he stepped. He was a seasoned writer, best remembered for his book he almost never published. He was also a passionate hill climber as well as participated in the second war leaving remarkable achievements.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire and raised in Troon, Ayrshire. At the age of 11, Borthwick and his family moved to Glasgow, a place where he attended high school. At the age of 16, he dropped out of school and begun working for Glasgow Evening Herald as a copytaker and promptly he graduated to busier roles. The seasoned writer was talented in many ways, so he was tasked to handle other functions such as writing and editing films related to women and children, compile crosswords, answer to readers` queries and review films. He was also a regular contributor to the front cover.
One of the most significant achievements at the Glasgow Evening Herald was the time he was invited to participate in the paper`s Open Air Page. Here, he came to realize his interest in outdoor recreation activities and his love for hill climbing.
Being a humble person, Alastair Borthwick made friends with berry pickers, tramps and other ordinary folks of that era of significant social changes. He was a simple person with a simple life who believed the ideal life was only to write a thousand words in the morning and catch a salmon in the evening.
His exposer to hill climbing made Borthwick courageous enough to take part in second world war. When the war broke, he joined the British Seaforths to fight against the Germans. He mainly participated in parts of North Africa, Sicily, and North Europe. In the war, Borthwick was exposed to great danger, and it was a death experience. Luckily enough to the end of the war, Colonel John Sym gave Alastair a different responsibility to pen down battalion history.