Born Washington in Durham, the son of the parish clerk, John Brand was educated at Newcastle Grammar School and served as an apprentice to a cordwainer and published poems before attending Lincoln College, Oxford (B.A. 1775). He was curate of Cramlington near Newcastle (1777) and, patronized by the Duke of Northumberland, was rector of St. Mary-at-Hill and St. Mary Hubbard, London (1784) and secretary to the Society of Antiquaries (1784-1806).
A collection of poetical essays. 1765.
On illicit love. Written among the ruins of Godstow nunnery, near Oxford. 1775.
Observations on popular antiquities. 1777.
The history and antiquities of the town and county of the town of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1789.