Joseph Berington was a priest from Staffordshire and chaplain to Sir John Courtenay Throckmorton. They met through their mutual interest in campaigning for Catholic emancipation and for an increased role for the laity in the Catholic church. Berington was the co-founder of the first Catholic Committee in 1782 alongside Charles Butler. The two men formed the second Catholic Committee in 1787 and also formed the Cisalpine Club with the aim of portraying British Catholics as loyal to their country with no overseas allegiance. His views were radical within the Catholic church and he was disciplined for them.
Although he was a Catholic, Berington was popular with clergy from other denominations and he is commemorated in St Mary the Virgin church, Buckland with a plaque on the north wall.