Alastair Bothwick was a Scotish author and broadcastor. He was born on February 17th, 1913 in Rutherglen. His family later relocated to Glasgow where he went to Glasgow High. Bothwick left school when he was just 16 years old and began to work for the Glasgow Herald. He began his work by writing down the information that other contacts would call in and report on. Later, he became the editor for major pieces in the paper. Bothwick then became involved in the paper’s “Open Air” segment that illustrated Glasgow’s beautiful outdoor scene, which he enjoyed himself.
In 1935, Alastair Bothwick was called to the The Daily Mirror in London, but he was called back to the picturesque views in Glasgow, so he returned there shortly after. Once he got back, he began to work as a BBC writer.
In 1939, he published a book called Always a Little Further which was a compilation of all of his writings that he did while with the Glasgow Herald. The book was originally perceived to be something that only the wealthy would enjoy, but as time as passed, the book has been regarded as one of the best books written about Scotland and its outdoor activities.
When WWII started, Bothwick served his country by joining the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders, as an Intelligence Officer. During the war, he and his battalion went to Sicily, South Africa, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, and Holland. At the end of the war, Bothwick wrote a book about his experiences titled: Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders. The book was more recently in print 1n 1994 and it received many positive praises for its illustrative depictions.
Alastair Bothiwick had married his wife Anne in 1940 and they eventually settled back in Glasgow after many years. In the 1960’s, Bothwick had been involved in producing 150 shows that covered a variety of topics. In the 1970’s, they moved to Ayrshire and lived on a farm for a few years. After that, Alastair was moved into a nursing home in Beith where he passed away 5 years later on September 25th, 2003.