Berington, Joseph one of the most prolific Roman Catholic writers of Great Britain, was born in 1743 in Shropshire, and died in 1827. He was sent by his parents for education to the College of St. Omer, in France. For many years he exercised the priestly functions in France, and in 1814 was appointed pastor at Buckland, near Oxford. He wrote a number of works on the history, present state, and rights of his co-religionists. He was regarded as a liberal Romanist, and many of his expressions were considered by his superiors as little orthodox. His principal work is a Literary History of the Middle Ages-from the reign of Augustus to the fifteenth century (Lond. 1814; new ed., with index, by D. Bogue, Lond. 1846).