Life sketches of Alastair Borthwick


Alastair Borthwick is an author, broadcaster, and journalist who served in various broadcasting companies. He was born in Rutherglen and received his education at Glasgow High School. He was raised in Glasgow where he had an opportunity to learn about journalism.

Borthwick left school at the age of sixteen to work as a copy taker at Glasgow Herald. It was through writing for the Glasgow Herald’s Open Air articles that he got to learn about hill walking and mountain climbing. How he wrote these articles showed the sport to be for only rich people, but this was not the case since the sport was affordable for the poor.

Alastair Borthwick in the Military

Alastair Borthwick was tasked to lead the 5th Battalion during the Second World War. Under his guidance, the Battalion was able to undertake a peacekeeping campaign to several countries such as Belgium, Italy, France, and Holland. After a successful campaign, he was assigned to write about the history of the Battalion during the Second World War. He wrote about the history of this Battalion in a publication called, “The History of the 5th Battalion.”

After the war, Borthwick together with his wife, whom he had married in 1940, move from Glasgow to Jura. He was at an age where he wanted relaxation and spending a lot of time with his family. While in Jura, he had minimal broadcasting tasks for the BBC.

In 1952 Borthwick moved to Islay where he worked as a presenter for a short time. He again shifted back to Glasgow to support an organization which he was a founder. The organization mainly dealt with Britain festivals. In the 1960s he became a full-time presenter on the television. He was the producer of the program called 150 Half Hour of the Grampian TV.


Alastair Borthwick was a man who was dedicated to his duties. He did journalism and broadcasting wholeheartedly. The last place he worked was at Ayrshire, where he later lived after retiring. He afterward moved to his nursing home at Beith, where he died five years later.