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Harpham Arabian
   

Roger Gilbertson
Scampston Hall










Calke Abbey





Harpham Arabian c 1690c. Sire Line Harpham Arabian.

The Arabian was owned by Sir William St Quintin (1662-1723), 3rd bt, whose seat was at Harpham Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire. His father-in-law was Sir William Strickland (1596-1673), 1st bt, of nearby Boynton, Yorkshire. He represented Kingston-upon-Hull in the House Commons from 1695 until his death. Towards the end of the century Sir William purchased Scampston Hall, near Malton, which subsequently became the main St Quintin family seat.

Also called the Harpun Arabian and, erroneously, Harpur's Arabian, his name was rendered semi-phonetically in some old racing calendars as the Harpun Arabian, which was later changed to Harpur's Arabian by the General Stud Book. Pond's Sporting Kalendar listed the sale of the entire St Quintin stud, including the pedigree for Champion: "Champion was bred by Sir Matthew Pierson, and got by the late Sir William St Quintin's Harpham Arabian; the Sire of many noted Horses in his Time" [Pond 1756:217]. He may have been the same horse as Burdett's Arabian. He sired Graham's Champion and his sister. Sister to Champion was the dam of Mr Graham's Whitelips (b f 1718 Bald Galloway) who won the Royal Plate at Hambleton in 1723 beating eighteen others.

Champion (GB)
[Graham's] b c 1707 (Harpham Arabian - Mare, by Hautboy). Family 53. Bred by Sir Matthew Peirson of Lowthorpe, near Scarborough, Yorkshire, and purchased by Mr Graham, he was half-brother to Aleppo (b c 1711 Darley Arabian) and Almanzor (ch c 1713 Darley Arabian). In August of 1713 he won "easy" the 100 guineas Gold Cup at York, beating Mr Carr's Smallhopes, Lord Lonsdale's Algier, the Hon John Noel's Matt, HM Queen Anne's Mustard and five others in two four-mile heats. He won several other Plates and Prizes. In the stud he got the 3rd dam of King Herod (b c 1758 Tartar) and Protector (br c 1770 Matchem). Another of his daughters was the dam of the Bolton Goliah (b c 1730 Fox).
 
 
Harpur's Barb
 
Harpur's Barb
c 1690c. Owned in Derbyshire by Sir John Harpur (1679-1741) and probably by Sir Henry Harpur (1709-1748), 5th Bt, since the General Stud Book is inconsistent on both the breeding of Rattle and the ownership of his sire. It says both "Rattle, by a son of Sir H Harpur's Barb - Royal Mare" [GSB 1:382], and in the pedigree of Silvertail "Rattle (son of Sir J Harpur's Barb) [GSB 1:183]. Young Child Mare is also said to be sired by Sir John Harpur's Barb. In the pedigree of the Stanhope Mare it says "out of Mr Burdett's Young Child Mare by Sir J Harpur's Barb" [GSB 1:200]. However, Young Child Mare was sired by Burdett's Arabian, who may have been the same horse as Harpur's Barb.
Rattle (GB)
c 1700c (Harpur's Barb - Royal Mare). Sources conflict on the sire of Rattle; he may have been by a son of Harpur's Barb rather than Harpur's Barb himself. He got the dam of Silvertail (ro f 1737 Heneage's Whitenose) who won two Fifties, at Nottingham and Leicester, before entering the stud. She produced Whimsey, by the Cullen Arabian in 1747 and was then put back in training and won six more more Fifties, at York, Lichfield (two), Chipping-Norton, Derby and Maidenhead. She broke down while winning the first heat of a Fifty at Nottingham. A superior matron she produced among others Warren's Careless (ch c 1751 Regulus) and Fearnought* (b c 1755 Regulus). Most of Family 32 descends from Silvertail.
 
 
Burdett's Arabian
 
Burdett's Arabian
c 1690c. He may have been the same horse as Harpur's Barb and the Harpham Arabian. The Burdett family lived near Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, the seat of the Harpurs. Burdett's Arabian sired Young Child Mare, bred by Robert Burdett (1670-1716), who married Elizabeth Tracy, daughter of William, 4th Viscount Tracy. The latter owned the famous mare Whimsey, who was also bred by Burdett out of the Young Child Mare.
   
   
   
 
 

 
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