James I (1406-1437)

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James I had a very evemtful childhood (see Robert III (1390-1406)) during which he was aptured by the English army, and was educated in several palaces in and around London by order of Henry VI of England.

James returned to Scotland in 1420 after Scottish Nobles finally agreed to pay the huge ransom. He married his childhood sweetheart Joan Beaufort, cousin of Henry VI in London in 1423


James I was crowned king in 1424 and immediately began using his authority to great effect. He had his powerful rivals, the Albany family, executed, and he changed scottish laws on finance and various other matters. He also renewed the "auld alliance" (or 'Old alliance') with the french in 1428

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