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Ascension of James 1
Union of Scottish and English Crowns

24 March 1603

First King of Great Britain

image: James 1When James became King of England, he was already a king - King James VI of Scotland. He was the first monarch to rule both countries and the first to call himself 'King of Great Britain'. (It was not until 1707 that an act of Parliament formally brought the two countries together.)

James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots. He had been King of Scotland for twenty-nine years when he acceded to the English throne.

During his reign

In 1605 the Gunpowder Plot was hatched: Guy Fawkes and his friends, Catholics, tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament, but were captured before they could do so.

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