In memoriam Prof. Peter Brand

Professor Charles Peter Brand (7th February 1923-4th November 2016; aka C.P. Brand in print) was a leading figure in the study of Italian language and literature. Originally from Cambridge, he settled in Edinburgh many decades ago. Part of this time was spent in Murrayfield in the Succoth area, and latterly he lived in Corstorphine.

Professor Brand’s work gained him various commendations from the Italian government. The Cambridge History of Italian Literature is seen as one of the best works on the subject in English.

Quite a bit of information is supplied in the Scotsman obituary below, but I can add a few more personal details.

Professor Brand served in the Italian campaigns during WWII and came across the poet and folksong-collector Hamish Henderson during that time. He even translated some of Henderson’s poetry into Italian. He used his language skills for military intelligence and questioning.

He was an expert on Dante and wrote extensively on him.

He was a keen traveller. As well as visting his wife’s native Sweden and Italy, he spent a great deal of time Stateside. He was fluent in Italian, Swedish and several other European languages.

He was a keen gardener and kept an allotment with his wife Gunvor until a few years ago. He was an active man for nearly all his life, up until a few months before his passing.

His son-in-law, the Rev. Bunyan took his memorial service at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Roseburn.

I offer my sincerest condolences to all of Professor Brand’s family and wish them well.


  • I never met Professor Brand myself, other than seeing him off in the distance, but I do happen to know his son, Simon, and have met his daughter Anne too. (I am actually posting this from Simon’s flat just now.)

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