M’KECHNIE, J. F. (Bhikkhu Silacara). Hull, Yorkshire 22.10.1872 — 1951. British (Scots) Bauddha. Son of Scots-English parents whom he lost early and grew in a family of relations. He had to work early and attend an evening school in Glasgow. He read much. In the middle of suicidal thoughts he is said to have found Buddhism. With the help of an unexpected inheritance he went to Burma, studied Pāli and became the third Britishman ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1906. After severe illnesses he had later (1925) to give up his monkhood, but continued as Buddhist. Died in England.
Publications: translated: Majjhima-Nikaya. First fifty Discourses. 1-2. Breslau & Lp. 1912-23; The Dhammapada. 19??.
– The Noble Eightfold Path. 19??; Young People’s Life of the Buddha.
– translated Dahlke’s and Grimm’s books from German.
Sources: Peiris, Buddhism 62f.; Payer’s Web-Materialien