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  Selaby Turk
Masters of the Stud

Sir John Fenwick
James Darcy
Sutton Oglethorpe
Thomas Pulleine
Richard Marshall

Selaby Turk (or Marshall Turk) c 1680c. Sire Line Selaby Turk.

The Marshall or Selaby Turk is generally assumed to have been imported in 1699 as part of a group of nine stallions and five mares brought from Barbary by Richard Marshall (1659-1728), Stud Master to King William III, Queen Anne and King George I. Among this group were thought to be King William's White Barb Chillaby, his Black Barb without-a-tongue, the Hampton Court Brown Barb, Hutton's Grey Barb, and the dam of the Moonah Barb Mare. These horses were first located at Newmarket, though they were moved soon after to Hampton Court, which King William had that year begun to renovate.

However, it is more probable that Selaby Turk was imported prior to 1699 as he sired the Curwen Old Spot, who in turn sired the dam of the Mixbury Galloway (b c 1704c), all of which would have been hard to accomplish in only five years.

The Selaby Turk probably stood at Selaby as all of his offspring appear to have been produced under the Selaby name. Marshall's family resided at Selaby, in Durham, north of the Tees; the river divides Durham from North Yorkshire [Early Records:70].

The General Stud Book notes that the Selaby Turk "was the property of Mr Marshall's brother," John Marshall [GSB 1:389]. Mr Cheny advises that after the death of John, the horse became the property of Richard Marshall.

The only known son of the Selaby Turk was Curwen's Old Spot.

Selaby Turk Mares
1. Coppin Mare (f 1700c), from whom all of Family 28 descends.
2. Sister to Coppin Mare (f 1700c), 5th dam of Silvio (b c 1754 Cade) and his brother (b c 1755), 5th dam of Hyder Ally (ch c 1765 Blank), and 5th dam of Chedworth's Weazle (b c 1766 Squirrel), all from Family 2.
3. Selaby Turk Mare (f 1700c), dam of Wyndham (gr c 1704c Hautboy) and his brother Crutches (gr c 1705), and 3rd dam of Cottingham (ch c 1735 Hartley's Blind Horse), all from Family 54.
4. Selaby Turk Mare (f 1700c), from whom all of Family 58 descends.
5. Sister to Spot (f 1692), 5th dam of a Partner Colt advertised for sale in 1745 at Hutton Hall.
6. Sweetlips (f 1695c), grandam of Bathurst's Look-About-You.
Curwen's Old Spot
Spot (GB)
c 1690c (Selaby Turk). Sire Line Selaby Turk. Also called Pelham's or Marshall's Old Spot, he was probably bred at Selaby by one of the Marshall brothers, and later joined the stud of Henry Curwen at Workington, Cumberland, or that of Curwen's associate Charles Pelham at Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire. Sir Theodore Cook stated that Curwen's Old Spot, whose dam has not been identified, was a "brother to the dam of Windham, that capital grey colt, bred by Hautboy, in the Duke of Somerset's stud." Cook provided no source for this information and there appears to be no other evidence to support it. Cook also speculated that Curwen's Old Spot was the same horse as the Duke of Newcastle's Spot "who was beaten by the King's Turk, giving him five pounds in four miles for 500" [A History of the English Turf 1:119]. Old Spot was notable for his daughters.

Spot Mares
1. Spot Mare, dam of the full siblings Mixbury Galloway (b c 1704c Curwen's Bay Barb), Sister 1 to Mixbury, the taproot mare of Family 9-a, Sister 2 to Mixbury, Frampton's Whiteneck and Chedworth's Monkey.
2. Spot Mare, dam of the Duke of Somerset's Westbury (c 1709c Curwen's Bay Barb), and Sister to Westbury, a foundation mare of Family 18.
3. Spot Mare, dam of the Duke of Devonshire's Old Coquette (br f 1722c Basto), and her sister, both foundation mares in Family 44. Sister to Old Coquette was the 2nd dam of Bolton Little John (ch c 1731 Croft's Partner) and Turner's Sweepstakes (ch c 1743 Bolton Sweepstakes).
4. Spot Mare, 2nd dam of the good racehorse Bolton Fearnought (br c 1725 Bay Bolton) and his brother, the latter had more success as a stallion. Family 1.
5. Spot Mare, 2nd dam of Hanniball (c 1713 Terror) and 3rd dam of Jenison's Mare (b f 1722c Pelham's White Barb [Alcock's Arabian]). Jenison's Mare produced Bonny Batchelor (ch c 1730 Hartley's Blind Horse), Oroonoko (bl c 1733 Hartley's Blind Horse), Windsor (ch c 1735 Hip) and Turpin (b c 1737 Smale's Childers), Family 12-a.
6. Spot Mare, dam of Alcock's Spot (b c 1722 Alcock's Arabian). Bred by Mr Alcock of Lincoln, he won the Royal Plate at York in 1728, and was among the field in the King's Plate at Guildford the same year. He was later sold to Richard Williams, Sir John Chaplin, Lady Chaplin and Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn.
Ramsden's Spot
Spot (GB)
gr c 1708c (Curwen's Old Spot - Mare, by Curwen's Bay Barb). Sire Line Selaby Turk. Probably bred by Henry Curwen, he was later owned by Sir William Ramsden. In 1713 he finished 3rd for the Ladies' Plate at York won by Mr Hutton's Careless, with Mr Metcalfe's Bulle Rock (b c 1709 Darley Arabian) placing 2nd. In 1715 he won the Galloways' Plate at York.
White's Spot
Spot (GB)
[Rawlinson's, Portmore's] gr c 1723 (Ramsden's Spot - Diamond's Dam, by Leedes Arabian - Mare, by Woodcock - Mare, by Dodsworth). Sire Line Selaby Turk. Bred in Yorkshire by Mr Rawlinson of Whittington, near Kirby-Lawnsdale, he was subsequently purchased by Mr White and Lord Portmore. Said to stand 14 hands 3 inches, he was described as "one of the greatest beauties in England," free of natural blemishes and in fine order. He won King's Plates at Edinburgh, Leith and Lincoln along with other prizes. He was advertised to cover for the 1737 season at Ripon, Yorkshire, in the custody of Richard Peak at 1 Guinea.

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