of Throsk is located four miles to the east of from Stirling.
Throsk is a
small hamlet to the east of Fallin. Throsk is also one of the group of
villages known collectively as the Eastern Villages. The Eastern Villages
all have a historical coal mining background.
population of Throsk for the area covered by the new Bannockburn ward is
In 1780, Thomas Nelson was born in a modest farmhouse in
Throsk, Scotland. His hard-working parents raised him on their small farm
in a lush plain at the foot of the rolling green highlands.
The faith of Thomas' parents and grandparents was strong and passionate,
befitting their rugged Scottish character. Thomas would often accompany
his father on journeys of forty miles to participate in communion services
of the Covenanters. These fervent gatherings created a lifelong impression
on the boy. By age sixteen, he had become a teacher. But teaching proved
not to be his calling. Thomas soon planned to seek his fortune in the West
Indies, but he changed his mind just short of boarding the ship and
returned home. Several jobs followed, but none of them proved to be a good
match for the young Scotsman. Ultimately, Thomas packed up what little he
had and set out for London. After searching fruitlessly for work, he paid
his landlady what he owed and was reduced to a single coin—which he gave
to a beggar. Penniless, he finally heard about a job as a publisher's
apprentice on Paternoster Row, a street prophetically bearing the Latin
words for "Our Father." He got the job -- and loved it. After all, Thomas
had always enjoyed books, particularly those concerning the Bible and the
While in London he established a weekly Bible fellowship meeting with
friends. Before long the eighteen-year-old had saved enough money to
return to Scotland and open a second-hand bookshop in Edinburgh. He could
scarcely have imagined the road that lay ahead for him-and for the company
that would forever bear his name.
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