Lifted from D. Crawford Smith and William James Hughan, History of the Ancient Masonic Lodge of Scoon and Perth No. 3: Cowan and Co. Limited 1898
King James VI of Scotland (1567-1625) also known as King James I of England and Ireland (1603-1625), widely known and remembered for commissioning the King James Bible or Authorized Version of the Holy Bible, was a Freemason!
The oldest existing record of Lodge Scoon and Perth No. 3 in Perth, Scotland called “The Mutual Agreement” of December 24, 1658, reveals that James was “Entered Apprentice Freemason” and “Fellowcraft Freemason” in April 15, 1601.
Records show that James appointed William Schaw in 1583 as Master of the Work and Warden General with the commission of re-organizing the masonic craft. Schaw’s first two statutes deal with the duties of Masons to their Lodge and to the public; and the esoteric knowledge within the craft of stone masonry.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT JAMES
* He is the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Damley.
* Born on June 19, 1566, he was baptized “Charles James” in a Catholic ceremony… but he was brought up as a member of Protestant Church of Scotland, in compliance with the religious beliefs of the Scottish ruling class.
* At the age of thirteen months (13 mos.), he was crowned King of Scotland on July 29, 1567, when his mother, Queen Mary, was forced to abdicate.
*He married fourteen-year-old Ann of Denmark, younger daughter of Frederick II of Denmark, in November 23, 1589 at the age of 23.
* In 1597-1598, James wrote “The True Law of Free Monarchies” and “Basilikon Doron” (Royal Gift) in which he argued a theological basis for monarchy.
* He was proclaimed King of England on March 24, 1603 hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth I, making him king of two realms – Scotland and England.
* In 1604, he commissioned a new translation and compilation of approved books of the Bible to resolve issues with different translations then being used. The Authorized King James Version was completed in 1611 and is considered a masterpiece of Jacobean prose.
* After about the age of 50, James suffered increasingly from arthritis, gout and kidney stones. He also lost his teeth and drank heavily.
* In early 1625, James fell seriously ill with tertian ague, suffered a stroke and finally died on March 27 during a violent attack of dysentery. He was 58.
* His son, Charles I, succeeded him to the throne.