External factors according to studies influences the life and behavior of a person. Alastair Borthwick, a Scottish born and a world-renowned writer who lived a simple life but made historical achievements which will never fade. He was born in 1913, in Rutherglen but was raised In Troon and at the age of 11 Borthwick and his family moved to Glasgow, a place where he attended high school.
From an early age, Borthwick perceived a strong desire for journalism, and at the age of 16, he dropped out of school. He secured a job at the Evening Times his main duty being to copy down correspondents who called through the phone. After a while, he qualified to work for Glasgow Herald. His primary responsibility was to write and edit pages related to mothers and children, composing letters to editors and also responded to readers’ queries.
While in Glasgow, Borthwick was flexible in several areas including interacting with the locals. Due to the high rate of unemployment in time, the locals found interesting to go hiking in mountains and hills within as a way of spending leisure and relieving stress during the weekends. Although hiking was valued as an activity for the elites, the action was rapidly springing up, and the locals introduced Alastair Borthwick to this activity. It was during these time of highland activity Borthwick begun his incredible literary career. He wrote a well-recognized adventure book ‟Always a Little Further” which was published in 1939 with the help of T.S Eliot who was a poet and a writer.
When the second world war broke out Borthwick portrayed his patriotism to her country when he became a soldier in the 51st Highland Division`s 5th Seaforth Highlanders. Borthwick was a loyal and obedient soldier a way which made him at one point to achieve captain rank mainly working as the intelligence officer. Borthwick made a remarkable achievement when he led his whole battalion of 600 men at night and sneaked behind Germans front line undetected.
After the war ended, Borthwick and his wife moved to the coast of Jura where they lived for seven years before the family left to Islay and stayed for a short time and left for Glasgow where he lived for the rest of his life.