He was a Turkoman stallion with some Arabian blood. Imported to England in November 1657, by Oliver Cromwell, and placed in the care of Rowland Place in the Royal Stables at Hampton Court. After the death of Cromwell, Place moved the stallion to his estate, Dinsdale, in North Yorkshire. Place was hated and ostracized, but in the early 1660s a number of "Turks", listed without pedigree, began appearing in North Yorkshire, and it appears likely that at least some of them were sired by Place's White Turk. Some historians believe that his offspring include D'Arcy's Yellow Turk, D'Arcy's White Turk, the Duke of Buckingham's Helmsley Turk and Captain Byerley's Byerley Turk.