Barrington. I. John Shue-Barrington, viscount, an English lawyer and author, born in 1678, died Dec. 14, 1734. In early life he received by will the estate of John Wildman of Berkshire, not related to him and but slightly acquainted. He added the name of Barrington to Shute on acquiring an estate in Essex by the will of Francis Barrington, distantly related to him by marriage, and was created Viscount Barrington in the Irish peerage in 1720. He was expelled from parliament in 1722 for promoting a fraudulent lottery scheme, and devoted his latter years to theological studies. He published Miscellanea Sacra (2 vols. 8vo, 1725), and other works of repute. II. William Wildman, 2d viscount, son of the preceding, born in 1717, died Feb. 1, 1793. He was secretary at war, chancellor of the exchequer, and treasurer of the navy. III. Daines, a jurist and naturalist, brother of the preceding, born in 1727, died March 11, 1800. In 1757 he was appointed a Welsh judge, and afterward second justice of Chester. He published in 1766 "Observations on the Statutes, chiefly the more Ancient, from Magna Charta to the 21 James I., c. 27," a work of merit and authority; and in 1773 an edition of Orosius, with Alfred's Saxon version and an English translation.
Most of his other writings, among which are dissertations on the singing and language of birds, on the Linnaean system, and on the probability of reaching the north pole, may be found in the publications of the royal and antiquarian societies, of both of which he was a member, and in his "Miscellanies on Various Subjects" (1781). IV. Samul, a naval officer, brother of the preceding, died Aug. 16, 1800. He was rear admiral of the white, took St. Lucia in the face of a superior force, and distinguished himself at the relief of Gibraltar under Lord Howe. V. Shute, a prelate, brother of the preceding, born in 1734, died March 27, 1826. He was chaplain to George III., canon of Christ church, of St. Paul's, and of Windsor, and bishop successively of Llandaff, Salisbury, and Durham. Having gained the sum of £60,000 by a lawsuit, he devoted the whole of it to the foundation of charity schools and the relief of poor clergymen. He edited the Miscellanea Sacra of his father, prepared for the press the "Political Life" of his brother Lord Barrington, and furnished valuable notes for a new edition of Bowyer's" Critical Conjectures" on the text of the Greek Testament.