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Mary Queen of Scots

Queen of Scotland

Vivacious, beautiful, and clever, Mary I of Scotland was an enigmatically unsuccessful yet important British monarch. She inherited the Scottish throne at just six days old.  Having married the French Dauphin, he died within a year of becoming King. Back in Scotland, she married Lord Darnley the father of her only child, James. After his murder she married the Earl of Bothwell, the very person who probably killed Darnley. An uprising against Bothwell led to her imprisonment, abdication and fleeing south to seek protection from her cousin, Elizabeth I of England whose crown she had previously claimed.  Seen as untrustworthy, she was again imprisoned and finally executed.

Question: James VI of Scotland (James I of England) was the son of Mary Queen of Scots. Who was his father?

Answer: Lord Darnley