The Union of the Crowns


King James VI of Scotland succeeded Queen Elizabeth I to becomes James I of England, bringing about the Union of the Crowns. He inherited the throne because his great-grandmother, Margaret Tudor, was the eldest daughter of Henry VII of England. Even though this did not bring a merging of the Scottish and English parliaments or the administration of the two countries, the Union of the Crowns was not greatly welcomed by many in Scotland and England. Administrative union took a further 104 years to achieve. James became remote from Scotland, returning only once in 1617.

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