Fact of the day: 29th July


Can you imagine being a monarch at 13 months?

She Moves in her Own Way

On this day in 1567 James VI was crowned King of Scotland at Stirling.

He succeeded to the Scottish throne at the age of thirteen months, after his mother Mary, Queen of Scots, was compelled to abdicate in his favour.

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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.

After the Union of the Crowns, he based himself in England from 1603, only returning to Scotland once in 1617, and styled himself “King of Great Britain and Ireland”.

He was a major advocate of a single parliament…

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