Brand was born in Norwich some time in 1743, the son of a tanner, and died in London on 23 December 1808. He studied mathematics at Caius College, Cambridge, taking his BA in 1766 and MA in 1772. He then took holy orders and, after a Short spell as reader at the church of St Peter's Mancroft in Norwich, became vicar of Wickham Skeith, Suffolk. He supplemented his income through writing, primarily on mathematics and politics; in 1797 one of his papers appeared in the British Critic, where it was Read by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Loughborough. The latter was favourably impressed and asked to meet Brand, afterwards appointing him rector of St George's Southwark. Brand held this post for the next eleven years until his death, enjoying some financial security for the first time in his life.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.