Lister`s Turk or Stradling Turk gr c 1683c. Sire Line Lister Turk.
He was said to have been taken from the Turks at the seige of Buda in 1686 during the reign of James II and brought to England by the Duke of Berwick [GSB1:389]. The Duke of Berwick was the illigitimate son of King James II. Prior notes that on the Duke`s return in 1687, he was only seventeen years old, and that he ``probably`` brought the Turk with him [Early Records:79].
Lister`s Turk may have remained the property of the Duke between his return to England in 1687 and his flight to France in January of 1689. At some later point the Turk came into the possession of Matthew Lister, and stood at his Burwell Park stud, near Louth, in Lincolnshire.
Lister`s Turk exerted considerable influence in the stud, appearing five times in the pedigree of Eclipse (ch c 1764 Marske). His best son was probably Snake, although Coneyskins became a good broodmare sire. Brother to Snake sired the taproot mare of Family 69. Lister Turk seemingly lived on into venerable old age as Coneyskins wasn`t born until 1712.