MASON, Francis. York 2.4.1799 — Rangoon 3.3.1874. Rev. British Missionary in Burma, a Scholar of Pāli and Karen. Born in York “where his grandfather had founded a Baptist Society, in 1818 joined an uncle in the United States and went thence [in 1830] as a Missionary to India and Burma. For years laboured among the Karens.” Professor of Pali at Government High School in Rangoon. In 1873 living in Madras. Died after a journey to Bhamo. Married. Doctor of Divinity.
Publications: A Pali Grammar on the Basis of Kachchayano, with Chrestomathy and Vocabulary. Translated and arranged on European models, with chrestomathy and vocabulary. 209 p. B.I. 59. Calcutta 1867-68.
– grammars of the both dialects of Karen language; translated the Bible into Karen (1853).
– The natural products of Burmah, or notes on the fauna, flora and minerals of the Tenasserim provinces, and the Burman empire. 1850, two rev. editions.
– The Story of a Working Man’s Life, Burma. N.Y. 1870 (autobiography).
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia with picture.
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