Barrington (John Shute), Viscount
Barrington (John Shute), Viscount was born 1678, educated at Utrecht, created Viscount Barrington 1720, and died 1734. He was a friend and disciple of Locke, and greatly devoted to theological pursuits. In the year 1725 he published, in two volumes octavo, his Miscellanea Sacra, or a New Method of considering so much of the History of the Apostles as is contained in Scripture, with four Critical Essays:
1. On the Witness of the Holy Spirit;
2. On the distinction between the Apostles, Elders, and Brethren;
3. On the Time when Paul and Barnabas became Apostles;
4. On the Apostolical Decrees. In this work the author traces the methods taken by the apostles and first preachers of the Gospel for propagating Christianity, and explains, with great distinctness, the several gifts of the Spirit by which they were enabled to discharge that office. A pew edition of his Theological Works was published in London. in 1828 (3 vols. 8vo). — Jones, Christ. Biography, p. 27; Allibone, Dict. of Authors, s.v.