1566 James Charles Stuart is born at Edinburgh castle in Scotland to Lord Darnley and Mary Queen of Scots. 

1567 James' father is killed.  Soon afterwards, Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate the Scottish throne due to her suspected involvement in the murder.  Little James is crowned King James VI of Scotland at 13 months of age.  John Knox preaches the sermon at his coronation. 

1587 After 19 years of imprisonment in England, Mary Queen of Scots is executed for her part in a Roman Catholic conspiracy to assassinate her cousin Queen Elizabeth I in order to gain control of the English throne. 

1589 James marries Anne of Denmark, first by proxy and, then, in person.  The couple beget nine children, most of whom die in early childhood. 

1603 Upon the death of Elizabeth I, James accedes to the English throne.  As King James VI of Scotland and I of England, he calls his new kingdom "Great Britain." 

1604 James holds the Hampton Court Conference in order to hear of "things pretended to be amiss in the church."  It is here that King James agrees that a new translation of the scriptures is in order.  He appoints 54 men to the translation work.  The translators divide into six groups that meet at Cambridge, Oxford and Westminster. The authorized “King James Version” of the Book of Common Prayer is published to include the King’s  "Proclamation" and an expanded Almanac. 

1605 Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, a Roman Catholic conspiracy to blow up James and Parliament.  Guido (Guy) Fawkes, Jesuits Garnet and Owldcorne, among other conspirators, are tried and executed. 

1606 In response to Roman Catholic “recusancy,” Parliament issues legislation that includes the Oath of Allegiance.  Ensuing controversy over the Oath will rage across Europe.  Under the Union of Crowns, new flags are implemented (one each for land and sea; the latter, in late December).  

   

               10 APR James grants letters patent to the Virginia Company of London for passage to and colonization of “Virginia” in the New World.   This royal charter provides a broad  scope of authority over an indefinite period of time with specific instructions for its implementation, among them, the assignment of geographic bounds and the granting of land rights to colonists for the stated purpose of propagating the Christian religion.


               19 DEC 114 men (sailors and seagoing adventurists from the Virginia Company)  embark on a 144-day voyage to the New World aboard a fleet of three ships, Susan Constant (Capt. Christopher Newport), Godspeed (Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold) and Discovery (Capt. John Ratcliffe), departing on the River Thames from Blackwall Docks in East London.

 
1607 With the landing of English settlers in Virginia, King James VI and I becomes the  founding monarch of the British Empire.

 
               
26 APR James grants letters patent to the Virginia Company of London for passage to and colonization of “Virginia” in the New World.   This royal charter provides a broad  scope of authority over an indefinite period of time with specific instructions for its implementation, among them, the assignment of geographic bounds and the granting of land rights to colonists for the stated purpose of propagating the Christian religion.

               
13 MAY 105 men (sailors and seagoing adventurists from the Virginia Company)  embark on a 144-day expedition which will become the first permanent English settlement in the United States.


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and the establishment of Jamestown. nder command of Christopher Newport, the fleet of Virginia Company ships  arrives in fleet of settlers arrives in Virginia, landing first at Cape Henry, then at Jamestown, which will become the first permanent English settlement in the United States, thereby making King James VI & I its “founding monarch.”

“First Charter of Virginia (1606)”[1]  18


1611 The Authorized (King James) version of the Scriptures is published. 

1612 Henry, Prince of Wales (James' eldest son and heir apparent), after whom "Cape Henry" was named, dies at 18 years of age.  James has the body of Mary Queen of Scots interred in Westminster Abbey in London. 

1616The Workes is published. 

1618 James issues, The King's Majesties Declaration to His Subjects Concerning Lawfull Sports to be Used  (commonly known as The Book of Sports) in response to the Puritan practice of barring their fellow citizens from lawful recreations on Sundays. 

1619James' wife, Queen Anne, dies. 

1620 Two meditations are appended to The Workes--A Meditation Vpon the Lords Prayer, and, A Meditation vpon the 27. 28. 29. Verses of the XXVII Chapter Of Saint Matthew Or a Paterne for a Kings Inavgvration

1625 King James VI & I dies and his adult son accedes to the throne as Charles I. On a cold day in January 1649, King Charles I will be executed by order of Puritan Oliver Cromwell and other insurgents after their takeover of the British government.     



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