1823 – Born on the 6th of December in Cape Town, South Africa.
1845 – Continuing his studies at Leiden, he took the degree of D.C.L.
1849 – He was called to the English bar from the Inner Temple.
1849-1863 – Practised as an advocate in the supreme court of the Cape of Good Hope.
1858 – He was appointed professor of law in the South African College.
1863 – Because of his support for their republican ideals, he emigrated to the Orange Free State and was elected president of the Orange Free State.
1864 – He resisted the pressure of the Basuto on the Free State boundary, and after vainly endeavouring to induce Moshesh, the Basuto chief, to keep his people within bounds.
1871 – He opposed the British annexation of the town of Kimberley without success.
– Brand was solicited by a large party to become president of the Transvaal, and thus unite the two Dutch republics of South Africa; but as the project was hostile to Great Britain he declined to do so.
1888 – He died on the 14th of July in Bloemfontein, South Africa.