It was Barrington who first published Sir John Wynn 's History of the Gwydir Family . This appeared, as an octavo, in London , in 1770 , being followed in 1781 by a version, in quarto, included in Miscellanies by the Honourable Daines Barrington ( London , 1781 ). [He was a member of the Cymmrodorion Society , F.S.A. , and F.R.S. ] Among contributions by him to the Royal Society is a Letter from the Hon. Daines Barrington, F.R.S., … giving an Account of some Experiments made in North Wales [in the Arenig district, near Bala] to ascertain the different Quantities of Rain which fell at the same Time, at different Heights ; this letter (there is a copy in N.L.W. MS. 12416 ) was read at a meeting of the Royal Society held 6 June 1771 . His notes on ‘ The Language of Birds ’ were reprinted in T. Pennant , British Zoology .
There are letters from Barrington to friends in North Wales in N.L.W. MS. 2065 (one dated 19 October 1775 , to Paul Panton , senior ), regarding Inigo Jones , Sir John Wynne of Gwydir and Llanrwst bridge, N.L.W. MS. 3484 (dated 8 March 1770 ), to Paul Panton ; in this he calls Edward Lhuyd ‘…one of the greatest men that ever existed for philological learning … also … a very distinguished fossilist’ ; also, in N.L.W. MS. 12416 , several written to John Lloyd , F.R.S. , of Wigfair , near S. Asaph , in one of these Barrington informs Lloyd that he can arrange for the latter to receive copies from Paul Panton of the correspondence between Sir John Wynne and Sir Hugh Myddelton ; in another he asks Lloyd to return to him the ‘MS. memories of Owen Glendower .’ There are references to Barrington in Morris Letters — see the indexes by Hugh Owen — ‘a great antiquary and lover of British antiquities’ said Lewis Morris of him in one letter (ii, 344); it is obvious also that Barrington was anxious to see the publication of the result of some of the work of Evan Evans ( Ieuan Brydydd Hir ) on early Welsh literature, and it was ( bishop ) Percy and Daines Barrington who brought Ieuan to the notice of Thomas Gray and of Samuel Johnson ( Cymm. , 1951 , 69). He d. 14 March 1800.
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959