Feirmeoir agus luachálaí talún ab ea Barrington. Cuireadh oideachas air i gColáiste na Tríonóide áit ar ghnóthaigh sé MA . Scríobh sé tuairiscí ar fhlóra Loch Rí, Loch Éirne, Binn Ghulbain, Toraigh agus Na Blascaodaí go léir a d’fhoilsigh Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann ach tá an chuid is mó dá pháipéir eolaíochta ar éanlaith . Is é an saothar is cáiliúla dá chuid ná IThe migration of birds, as observed at Irish lighthouses and lightships including the original reports from 1888–97, now published for the first time, and an analysis of these and of the previously put together with an appendix giving the measurements of about 1600 wings Londain : RH Porter  Níor cuireadh ach 350 cóip den obair 667 leathanach seo i gcló.
Bhí Barrington ar cheann de na ceannairí ón Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann ar thuras taiscéalaíochta go Rockall sa bhliain 1896 le Robert Lloyd Praeger agus John A. Harvie Brown , nádúraí uasal Albanach as Dùn na Bàis (1844–1916). 
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- John Wilson Foster, Helena C. G. Chesney (1998) Nature in Ireland: a scientific and cultural history, p. 269 "In the introduction to The Migration of Birds as Observed at Irish Lighthouses and Lightships he wrote that 'few, perhaps, ... and by Major RF Ruttledge, but none carried out the work so comprehensively as Richard Barrington had done."
- Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club: 1916 -"Richard M. Barrington, so well known for his excellent work on the migration of Irish birds, died on September 15th, 1915, near Dublin. "
- John Wilson Foster, Helena C. G. Chesney (1998) Nature in Ireland: a scientific and cultural history, p. 269 "Barrington had an interest in travel and climbed in Switzerland and Canada. He visited Rockall in 1896 with Praeger, Harvie-Brown and others on an expedition partly financed by the Royal Irish Academy and partly by Barrington and Harvie-Brown."