John Leyland was a long-time associate of the Brassey family, working closely with the leader of the family between 1890 and 1919. He was Editor of The Naval Annual on 5 occasions, 1900 – 1901, 1906 (with T.A. Brassey, 1914 (with Viscount Hythe), 1915 – 1916, and 1919 (with Earl Brassey). The Naval Annual eventually became (in 1974) The RUSI and Brassey’s Defence Yearbook.
His publications include
• Papers Relating to the Blockade of Brest, 1803-05, two volumes (Navy Records Society, 1898, 1901)
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