Baynton is a rural district 20 km north-east of Kyneton and 85 km north-west of Melbourne. It is set in hilly granite country north of the Dividing Range, about midway between the Calder and Northern Highways. It was probably named after Dr Thomas Baynton who acquired the Darlington pastoral run in 1841. (The run had been first taken up in 1838.) Baynton was father-in-law to the novelist Barbara Baynton.