""22173 Banker" -- Mr. R.S. Bryan's, Quince House, South Molton; breeder, Mr. Fortescue; date of birth, June 20th, 1885; colour, liver and white ticked. By "Molton Baron (20187)" out of "breeder's Juno", by "Beau of Devon (9999)" out of "Belle". Crystal Palace, equal 3rd; Warwick, 1st; Barn Elms, 1st, Brighton, 1st."
-- EKC Studbook, 1887, Vol.XV
"A familiar name amongst pointer breeders at the present day is that of Mr. R. Stawell Bryan, of South Molton. Coming out first as a successful poultry exhibitor, principally in the game and Azeel classes, it was not a very big jump from poultry to pointers; and all the more easy as he had been a thorough sportsman from his boyhood, and knew practically what a pointer's work should be. Possessing a good strain to start with, he has consistently bred for size, substance, and working characteristics. Well do I remember "Beta" some ten years ago, when she was on a stud visit to "Mr. Leach's grand old Bang II". One of the offspring of this union was "Molton Broom", who can surely claim to be the very corner stone of Mr. Bryan's kennels. Her litter brother, "Molton Baron", was also extra good, his best progeny at the present day being Mr. Bulled's
"Devonshire Nero", ... "Molton Byrsa", and
The latter was good enough to win at Barn Elms, the Crystal Palace, and other large shows. "Beta's" pedigree traces back on her dam's side to Mr. Whitehouse's blood, while her sire was a brother to Mr. Stranger's well-known
"Don of Devon".
-- R. Lee, 1893