A Legend who Marked Unforgettable Legacy, Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick was born in 1913 in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire but was raised in Troon, Ayrshire till he was 11 years when they relocated to Glasgow, the place he attended his high school. He had a passion for journalism career from a tender age. Ate the age of 16, Borthwick was employed at Evening Times as a copytaker and later qualified to the Glasgow Weekly Herald. During his youth life, Borthwick spent it writing and editing films pages related to children and women as well as letters to the editor and responded to readers` queries.

In 1935, Alastair Borthwick was employed as a reporter at the Daily Mirror, but after one year he lost his job, and this gave him an opportunity to visit other places that were fit for his informality- radio broadcasting. Borthwick as a broadcaster, had extra abilities as he sounded friendly and relaxed during a period of much formal radio presentations. To him, it was the natural way of speaking, and he failed to understand why others couldn’t do it.

Besides his remarkable journalism career, Alastair Borthwick was a warrior during the second world war. He joined the 51st Highland Division`s 5th Seaforth Highlanders serving in most parts of Western Desert, Sicily, and Europe. He was at one time the captain of the battalion serving as an intelligence officer. In 1945, Borthwick commanded his whole force of 600 men through German open line in a single file and at night, only the Germans to woke up to find Seaforths had dug behind them. Later on before the end of the war, John Sym who was the Colonel permitted Alastair not to attend parades and in return write battalion history.

After the war ended, Borthwick went to Coast of Jura together with her wife Ann who they lived with for seven years, and it’s here they sired their first son, Patrick. In 1952, the family went to live in Islay living for eight years before moving to Ayrshire where they lived for the rest of their lives. Before he died, Alastair referred to himself as a journeyman writer a symbol he thought would be used to remember him. He died at the age of 90.

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