Death of James V of Scotland

14 December 1542 – Death of King James V of Scotland at Falkland Palace. He fell ill shortly after the Battle of Solway Moss. His wife (Mary de Guise) gave birth to his daughter and future heir during his illness. At a mere six days old, his daughter, Mary became – Mary, Queen of Scots. James was quoted as saying (on his death), “it came with a lass, it will end with a lass.” This refers to how the Stuart dynasty began with a girl and would end with a girl – this is something we now know to be untrue because the line continued after Mary gave birth to a son.


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