NQ Scottish History

James VI and the relationship between monarch and Kirk

Mary’s short and troubled reign effectively ended with her imprisonment and her infant son James being named King. These acts split the country and ultimately led to civil war between supporters of the Queen and supporters of the King.

James VI was raised as a Protestant by nobles in relative safety at Stirling Castle. He was very well educated and his skills of diplomacy would be of great use during events that threatened the unity of Scotland.

James firmly believed that as monarch he was also head of the Kirk, as appointed by God. This belief would be a defining feature of his rule in Scotland.