James V

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Date of Birth April 10, 1512
Place of Birth Scotland
Date of Death Dec 14, 1542 (30)
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James V of Scotland

James V was King of Scotland from 9 September 1513 until his death, which followed the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Solway Moss. His only surviving legitimate child, Mary, Queen of Scots, succeeded him when she was just six days old.

Predecessor: James IV
Successor: Mary
Born: 10 April 1512, Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Scotland
Died: December 14, 1542, Falkland Palace, Fife, Scotland
Burial: January 1543, Holyrood Abbey
Issue, more...: Robert, 1st Earl of Orkney, James, 1st Earl of Moray, Mary, Queen of Scots
House: Stewart
Father: James IV of Scotland
Mother: Margaret of England
Religion: Roman Catholic

About James V

During the early-to-mid sixteenth century, James V served as King of Scotland. He was the father of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was born less than a week before his death and ascended to the Scottish throne only days after her birth.

Before Fame

He was crowned King of Scotland when he was less than one year old.


A music enthusiast, he played the lute and employed a band of musicians at his court. Also interesting is the fact that he enjoyed dressing as a commoner during his travels.

Family Life

Born at Linlithgow Palace, he was the son of Henry VII's daughter, Margaret Tudor, and Scottish King James IV. James V's first marriage, to Madeleine de Valois, ended with his young bride's death of tuberculosis; his second marriage, to Mary of Guise, produced Mary, Queen of Scots.


James V is a character in Sir Walter Scott's influential narrative poem The Lady of the Lake.

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