James VI of Scotland and I of England
Historical Figure
Nationality: England (born in Scotland)
Date of Birth: 1566
Date of Death: 1625
Cause of Death: Stroke
Religion: Anglicanism (raised Presbyterian)
Occupation: Monarch, Author of Non-Fiction, Poet
Parents: Henry Stuart of Darnley, 1st Duke of Albany
Mary Queen of Scots
Spouse: Anne of Denmark (d. 1619)
Children: Seven, including Charles I of England
Relatives: Christian IV of Denmark (brother-in-law)
Charles II of England and James II of England (grandsons)
House: Stuart
Political Office(s): King of England and Scotland
Fictional Appearances:

James Charles Stuart (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) ruled as James VI, King of Scotland, and as James I, King of England and King of Ireland. He ascended the Scottish throne in 1567, when he was only a year old, succeeding his mother Mary Queen of Scots. On 24 March 1603, as James I, he succeeded Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, who died without issue. He then ruled the three kingdoms for 22 years, often using the title King of Great Britain, until his death at the age of 58.

Under James, the "Golden Age" of Elizabethan literature and drama continued. Some of William Shakespeare's more famous plays (most obviously Macbeth) were written with a Jacobean agenda. James' reign saw a new translation of the Bible into English, that affirmed the divine right of kings to rule.

James I in "We Haven't Got There Yet"[]

"We Haven't Got There Yet"
Set in OTL (?)
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

In 1606, the third year of James I's reign as King of England, a troupe of actors began performing a play at the Rose entitled Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which borrowed several characters from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Soon after that, they performed another unconventional play.

James I in Ruled Britannia[]

Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

King James VI ruled Scotland in the late 16th century. When England was conquered by Spain in 1588, Scotland maintained its independence and James maintained Scotland's throne.[1]

Though his mother had been the Catholic martyr Mary Queen of Scots, James was himself a Protestant. He was wary of the militantly Catholic stance of the Spanish-backed Queen Isabella of England, and suspended the state visits which Scottish kings periodically made to London while she reigned, for fear of being imprisoned or killed.[2] Thus, the Scottish embassy in London became a pleasure park for Spaniards in James' absence.[3]

James I in A Different Flesh[]

A Different Flesh
POD: C. 2.5-1.3 million years ago;
Relevant POD: c. 1492
Appearance(s): "Vilest Beast"
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Occupation: King of England

The first permanent English settlement in North America was named in honour of King James. Jamestown had a difficult start, as it was isolated from food and supplies, and was the target of the sims that lived in the area.

James' successor, Charles I, imposed the system of "Divine Right of Kings" upon England.

James I in "The Yorkshire Mammoth"[]

"The Yorkshire Mammoth"
POD: c. 11,700 years ago
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

The woolly rhinoceros went extinct in England during the reign of either Elizabeth I or James I at the latest.[4]

See Also[]


  1. Ruled Britannia, pg. 264, hc.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid., pg. 284.
  4. Clarkesworld, #155.
Royal offices
Preceded by
Mary Queen of Scots
King of Scotland
Succeeded by
Charles I
Preceded by
Elizabeth I
King of England and Ireland