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Matthew Earl of Lennox [2740]
Margaret DOUGLAS [2739]
King James V of Scotland [2460]
Mary GUISE of Lorraine [2463]
Lord Henry Stuart of Darnley [2467]
Mary Queen of Scots [2465]
King James VI of Scotland [2469]


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Princess Anne of Denmark [2470]

King James VI of Scotland [2469]

  • Born: 19 Jun 1566, Edinburgh Castle
  • Marriage: Princess Anne of Denmark [2470] in 1589
  • Died: 27 Mar 1625 aged 58

bullet  General Notes:

Crowned in Holy Rude Church, Stirling Ruled Scotland 1567-1625. Became King James I of England 1603 and Ruled Scotland as King James VI of Scotland & King James I of England (reigned 1603-25), son of Mary, Queen of Scots (and descended from Henry VII's daughter Margaret), had been King of Scotland for 36 years, when he became King of England. Although he was King of both countries, James's attempt to create a full governmental union proved premature. An able theologian, he ordered a new translation of the Bible which became known as the Authorised King James's Version of the Bible. James himself was fairly tolerant in terms of religious faith, but the Gunpowder Plot (an attempt by Guy Fawkes and other Roman Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament) in 1605 resulted in the reimposition of strict penalties on Roman Catholics. As an arts patron, James employed the architect Inigo Jones to build the present Banqueting House in Whitehall, and the post of Poet Laureate dates from his reign. Although he believed that kings took their authority from God, James accepted that his actions were subject to the law. Unable, like many of his predecessors, to put royal finances on a sound footing, James was often in dispute with his Parliaments. A proposed 'Great Contract' (1610), under which Parliament would provide a regular income to the Crown to meet government costs and maintain the navy and army, in exchange for modifying the monarch's fundraising, came to nothing. The Addled Parliament of 1614 lasted eight weeks. The outbreak of the Thirty Years War (1618-48) in Europe spread, and financial pressures forced James in 1621 to summon Parliament, but when the House of Commons tried to debate wider aspects of foreign policy and asserted their right to discuss any subject, James dissolved it. A further Parliament, summoned in 1624, failed to resolve foreign policy questions. On James's death in 1625, the kingdom was on the edge of war with Spain.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: King.


James married Princess Anne of Denmark [2470], daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark [2471] and Unknown, in 1589. (Princess Anne of Denmark [2470] was born on 12 Oct 1574 and died on 12 Mar 1619.)


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