James IV of Scotland


James IV of Scotland ruled as king from 1488 to 1513. He succeeded his father James III of Scotland (r. 1460-1488) and became one of the most popular of the Stuart kings. James sought to apply justice in every corner of his realm, he created Scotland's first navy, and he promoted such innovations as the printing press. The royal houses of England and Scotland were joined in 1503 when James married Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England (r. 1485-1509). James IV was killed along with the flower of Scotland's nobility when he lost the Battle of Flodden against the English in September 1513. He was succeeded by his son James V of Scotland (r. 1513-1542) and so the royal Stuart line continued.

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  • 17 Mar 1473
    James IV of Scotland is born.
  • 1488 - 1513
    Reign of James IV of Scotland.
  • 26 Jun 1488
    James IV of Scotland is crowned at Scone Abbey.
  • 1491
    James IV of Scotland bans football and golf so that people concentrate on archery.
  • 1495
    James IV of Scotland creates the first department of medicine in a British university at Aberdeen.
  • 1495 - 1497
    James IV of Scotland hosts the pretender to the English throne, Perkin Warbeck.
  • c. 1500
    James IV of Scotland adds a Great Hall, new kitchens and the Royal Chapel to Stirling Castle.
  • 1502
    James IV of Scotland begins to build the country's first navy.
  • 8 Aug 1503
    James IV of Scotland marries Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England.
  • 1507
    The printing press is introduced to Scotland.
  • c. 1510
    James IV of Scotland adds a new Great Hall to Edinburgh Castle.
  • 9 Sep 1513
    Henry VIII of England sends an army to Scotland and wins a victory at Flodden where James IV of Scotland is killed.