Remembering the Modest Nature Author, Alastair Borthwick

Alstair Borthwick is a man who will always be remembered for his great works as a Scottish nature writer who was mostly interested writing about the working class in his country.

Early Life

Borthwick was born in the year 1913 in Rutherglen. As a kid, he also lived in Troon before moving to Glasgow at the age of 11 years. He went on to pursue his high school education before dropping out at the age of 16


After dropping from high school, Borthwick took on a job at the Evening Times as a copytaker. This was before landing a post at Glasgow Weekly Herald. Initially, he was responding to queries by readers. However, with time he was invited to take a number of other responsibilities due to the limited number of employees. This included editing women and children’s features on the paper. This role played a big part in his exposure to mountaineering.

In the year 1935, Borthwick moved to London and began working for the Daily Mirror. However, life in London did not appeal to him. Therefore, he resorted to go back to Glasgow after working for the Daily mirror for only one year. Back in Glasgow, he got a job at BBC, working as a radio correspondent.

The year 1939 saw Alastair Borthwick get a career breakthrough. A piece that he had written for Glasgow Herald, ‘Always a Little Further’, was published. This book was almost not published as the publisher was unsure how people would respond to reading a book about a rich man’s sport. Thankfully, one of the directors insisted on its publication and since then it has continually been published and considered one of the most interesting reads about outside sports.

His Role in the War

Alastair Borthwick signed up to fight for Scotland against the Germans. He served with different units of 1st Highland Division’s 5th Seaforth Highlander both in North Africa and West Europe. He worked his way to become Captain and serving as the Battalion’s intelligence Officer

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