Friday, May 24, 2013

Edinburgh, Scotland and the Bible

Famously, Queen Elizabeth I of England never married and had no children. When she died in 1603, her nearest relative was King James VI if Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots who was Elizabeth's cousin. England and Scotland remained separate countries but he became king of both. In England he was James I but in Scotland they still say James VI & I.

He moved from Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh (see photos) to London and the next year he called for a group of scholars and clergymen to translate the Bible into English. That's why it's called the King James version. The work took a few years and it was first published in 1611.

Holyrood Palace

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