7. James I
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James I was born in 1566 and died in 1625. In Scotland, he was known as James VI, which may lead to some confusion. He was actually the first monarch known as the King of Great Britain, as it was the first time England and Scotland agreed to have the same monarch. Additionally, James was the first ruler from the House of Stuart, as Elizabeth I was his predecessor and had no children. James was the closest relative, and his mother was Mary, Queen of Scots. Unfortunately, James had a difficult time with the Parliament of England causing some dispute. He also spent money poorly.