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Contributions of Alastair Borthwick to the Society

The late Alastair Borthwick legacy as a journalist and a writer will be remembered and passed from one generation to the other. He died at the age of 90 years, in South Ayrshire where he lived with his wife and his son. Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen in 1913. He went to Glasgow high school he later left school after securing a job at Evening Times to distribute the newspapers to the customers. Alastair Borthwick was very passionate and determined after being employed at Glasgow Weekly. He became an editor for various children articles. His work at Glasgow Weekly motivated him to write an article about hiking activity that was previously thought to be for the rich people, but with time it was becoming popular among other people.

Borthwick participated in hiking during the weekends; he would sleep under rocks explore nature in Scottish hills. Most of the hikers were the unemployed people who decided to relieve their stress by participating in this nature exploring experience. They believed that one could not sweat and worry at the same time. The hiking experience inspired Borthwick to write a book known as ‟Always A Little Further.”

The readers of the book always find it interesting as he has used memorable characters, vivid description as well as humor. ‟Always A Little Further” is unique as it is a record of the events that took place during hiking.

When the Second World War started Alastair Borthwick joined the sea forth military, he was determined and hence was promoted to become the rank of a captain. He led the battalion to war using the strategy of digging behind the Germans at night; he also spent most of his time as an intelligence officer for the Seaforth Group. Before the end of the war, Alastair Borthwick was given off time by John Sym. Alastair had various experiences working with British Army Units in Sicily where he held multiple positions.

Alastair decided to document his experiences during the war by writing a second book known as ‟Sans Peur” which explains how the average civilians won a battle.