James I Biography

James VI and I was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death. The kingdoms of Scotland and England were individual sovereign states, with their own parliaments, judiciary, and laws, though both were ruled by James in personal union.

James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII, King of England and Lord of Ireland, uniquely positioning him to eventually accede to all three thrones. James succeeded to the Scottish throne at the age of thirteen months, after his mother Mary was compelled to abdicate in his favour. Four different regents governed during his minority, which ended officially in 1578, though he did not gain full control of his government until 1583. In 1603, he succeeded the last Tudor monarch of England and Ireland, Elizabeth I, who died without issue. He continued to reign in all three kingdoms for 22 years, a period known as the Jacobean era after him, until his death in 1625 at the age of 58. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
James I
Nationality:
Scotland
Profession:
Writer
Ethnicity:
Scottish people
Religion:
Protestantism, Catholicism
Date of Birth:
December 10, 1394
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
March 27, 1625
Age at Death:
230
Cause of Death:
Stroke
James I Timeline
  • 1606-08-07
    Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.
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