Foaled in Tunisia. Given to Louis XV of France. Reference: Thoroughbred Heritage.com - Height: 15 Hands (one source says 14.2 Hands). Imported from France to England in 1729 by Edward Coke. Coke died in 1733 and in his will he left - ye Arabian - (as referred to in his stud book) to Roger Williams. Francis, the second Earl of Godolphin acquired the Arabian from Williams in 1733, which is how the horse became known as the Godolphin Arabian. Deceased December 25, 1753. One of the three Arabian Stallions who founded the Thoroughbred breed. The other two were the Byerley Turk, imported to England in the 1680s and the Darley Arabian (Manak), imported to England in 1704.