King James I character jug modeled by Zoe (Valerie) Annand and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 2003 limited edition of 1,000 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of James' ascension to the throne. James I (1566-1625) was born in Scotland, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. At the age of thirteen months, he became King of Scotland although the government was in the care of a Regent until he became nineteen in 1585. In 1589 he married Anne of Denmark and the couple had three sons and four daughters. He became king of England after the death of the childless Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, in 1603, becoming King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England simultaneously. His notable accomplishments while King of England were designing the British flag by combining both English and Scottish symbolism, and commissioning an English version of the Bible, today known as the King James Version. James' relations with Parliament were strained from the start. He died leaving his son, Charles I, a war with Spain and events leading up to the English Civil War. An orb, scepter and Royal robes form the handle of the jug.
British Royalty Collection