Eton College; New College.
In 1894 he entered the Diplomatic Service. He was an Honorary Attache in Paris (from 1 February 1894) and Constantinople (from 1 October 1895) and returned to England after succeeding to the barony in May 1897. He resigned on 1 October 1897.
From March 1899 to November 1900 he was assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Lord Salisbury, and then 1900–1903 he was Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for the Colonies, Joseph Chamberlain, in South Africa.
Between 1912–1914 he was Alderman of the London County Council (LCC). After the war he represented Wandsworth (Clapham Division) from 1922.
He was chairman of the Parliamentary Committee (1925–1929). And he was chairman of the Council itself, 1929–1930.
This was a suitable peak as Joe Chamberlain had once said of him: "Monk Bretton knows more about local government than any other man of my acquaintance".
The Times obituary described him:
"Throughout his life he showed an unflagging perseverance in every sphere to which he devoted himself, but he never allowed his industry to overwhelm him, as it does with some with his temperament". He was also a Justice of the Peace; Deputy Lieutenant (Sussex). In politics a Unionist.
A subaltern in 1st Cinque Portuguese Rifle Volunteers, and during the First World War he was a Major in the Sussex Yeomanry and was attached to the Naval Intelligence Department.
Charles Brand (4th son of Mr Speaker Brand) of Little Dene, near Lewes, by Alice Emma Sturgis, daughter of Sylvain Van de Weyer. In London he lived at 6 Seamore place, Mayfair (that whole street was demolished c 1938), then at 16 Princes Gardens, Knightsbridge SW7, and finally at 11 Vale Avenue (The Vale), SW3.
He died aged 63 in a nursing home in Brighton on 29 July and was buried in the family vault at Barcombe in East Sussex, on 1 August 1933.
He was a member of the Travellers" and Brooks"s Clubs.