Thomas Troward

Thomas Troward was a major influence on the works of Ernest Holmes, Frederick Bailes, Joseph Murphy and Emmett Fox, and has been quoted by numerous other writers.

Born in Punjab, India, in 1847 of British parents, his father was a full colonel in the Indian Army. He was brought back to England to attend school and in 1865, at the age of 18, he graduated from college with gold medal honours in literature. He then decided to study Law, although at heart he always considered himself an artist and a painter.

Troward was Her Majesty's Assistant Commissioner and later Divisional Judge of the North Indian Punjab from 1869 until his retirement in 1896. It is this later period for which he is best remembered and most celebrated; in it he was at last able to devote himself to his great interest in metaphysical and esoteric studies. He studied all of the sacred books of the oriental religions and they certainly influenced his spiritual ideas. Apparently, at one time a vision came to him about the development of a system of philosophy that gave peace of mind and physical health and happiness to the individual.

He studied all of the bibles of the world, including the Koran, Hindu scriptures and books of Raja Yoga. Shortly after returning to England, Troward began to write for the New Thought Expressions publication. He had already developed his philosophy of Mental Science when he was introduced to the "Higher Thought Centre" of London. This group recognized him as an extremely articulate and knowledeable individual. He was invited to give a series of lectures and in 1904 delivered his famous Edinburgh lectures at Queens Gate in Edinburgh, Scotland.