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1566 – James VI of Scotland (AKA James i of England) is born

19 Jun

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The son of Mary, Queen of Scots and her second husband ascended to the throne as an infant after the abdication of his mother.  Despite his great uncle Henry VIII taking great pains in his lifetime from keeping the Scottish Stuarts away from the throne, James was promoted to King of England when his cousin Elizabeth I died without an heir in 1603, effectively merging the two kingdoms (which would later be called Great Britain).  When he gained the kingship, one of his first acts was to rebury his executed mother in Westminster Abbey with the honors of a queen, which she had not recieved in life.  The first English settlement in the New World of the Americas, Jamestown, Virginia, was named in his honor before his death in 1625 at the age of fifty-eight.

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Posted by on June 19, 2016 in British Royalty

 

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