1603-1610 James I

The Entertainment at Althorp

On 25 Jun 1603 the Ben Johnson 1572-1637 Masque the The Entertainment at Althorp was performed at Althorp House, Daventry, Northamptonshire to welcome the new Royal Family on their journey from Edinburgh to London following the death of Queen Elizabeth. The performance was attended by Anne of Denmark Queen Consort Scotland, England and Ireland 1574-1619 (28) and her son Henry Frederick Stewart Prince Wales 1594-1612 (9).

Coronation of James I

On 25 Jul 1603 James VI King Scotland, I King England, Scotland and Ireland 1566-1625 (37) was crowned I King England Scotland and Ireland: Stewart at Westminster Abbey.
Charles Howard 1st Earl Nottingham 1536-1624 (67) was appointed as Lord High Steward.
Robert Chichester 1578-1627 was appointed Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of James I.
William Pope 1st Earl Downe 1573-1631 (29), Gervase Clifton 1st Baronet Clifton 1587-1666 (15), Thomas Berkeley 1575-1611, Edward Montagu 1st Baron Montagu 1563-1644 and William Herbert 1st Baron Powis 1573-1655 (30) were appointed Knight of the Bath.

On 27 Jul 1603 William Wrey 1st Baronet Wrey -1636 was knighted at Whitehall Palace, Westminster.

On 30 Jul 1603 Richard Preston 1st Earl Desmond was knighted at Whitehall Palace, Westminster.

Pre-Coronation Knights

On 23 Jul 1603 James Calthorpe 1558-1615 (44), Thomas Gresham 1547-1630 and George Fane of Burston 1581-1640 were knighted at Royal Gardens, Whitehall Palace, Westminster.

James 1st Crowned

Main and Bye Plot

In Jul 1603 the Main and Bye Plot led by Henry Brooke 11th Baron Cobham 1564-1618 (38) and Thomas Grey 15th Baron Grey Wilton 1576-1614 sought to replace James VI King Scotland, I King England, Scotland and Ireland 1566-1625 (37) with Arbella Stewart 1575-1615
Thomas Grey 15th Baron Grey Wilton 1576-1614 was sentenced to death, attainted, and imprisoned in the Tower of London, Tower Hill, City of London.

On 19 Jul 1603 Walter Raleigh 1554-1618 (49) arrested for his part in the Main and Bye Plot

On 05 Dec 1603 George Brooke 1568-1603 (35) was executed for his part in the Main and Bye Plot.

Treaty of London

Around 1604 John Critz 1551-1642 is believed to have contributed to the Somerset House Conference painting of the negotiation of the Treaty of London in which Thomas Sackville 1st Earl Dorset 1536-1608 (68), Charles Howard 1st Earl Nottingham 1536-1624 (68), Charles Blount 1st Earl Devonshire 1563-1606 (41), Henry Howard 1st Earl Northampton 1540-1614 (63) and Robert Cecil 1st Earl Salisbury 1563-1612 (40) are represented on the right side.

On 18 Aug 1604 the Treaty of London was signed concluding the nineteen-year Anglo-Spanish War. The treaty restored the 'Status quo' between the two nations. The negotiations probably took place at Somerset House in Westminster and are sometimes known as the Somerset House Conference.

Masque of Blackness

On 06 Jan 1605, Twelfth Night, the Ben Johnson 1572-1637 Masque of Blackness was performed at the Banqueting House. The performers included:
Anne of Denmark Queen Consort Scotland, England and Ireland 1574-1619 (30)
Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627 (24)
Lady Herbert
Elizabeth Vere Countess Derby 1575-1627 (29)
Penelope Devereux Countess Devonshire 1563-1607 (42)
Catherine Knyvet Countess Suffolk 1564-1638
Frances Knyvet 1566-1605
Katherine Carey 1st Countess Nottingham 1550-1603
Elizabeth Howard 1st Countess Banbury 1583-1658 (21)
Susan Vere Countess Montgomery 1587-1628 (17)
Mary Sidney 1587-1653
Audrey Shelton 1568-1624

Christening of Princess Mary Stuart

On 02 May 1605 John Stanhope 1st Baron Stanhope 1549-1621 was created 1st Baron Stanhope of Harrington. Margaret Macwilliams Baroness Stanhope by marriage Baroness Stanhope of Harrington

On 04 May 1605 Thomas Arundell 1st Baron Arundel Wardour 1560-1639 was created 1st Baron Arundel Wardour in Wiltshire. Mary Wriothesley Baroness Arundel Wardour by marriage Baroness Arundel Wardour in Wiltshire

On 05 May 1605 Princess Mary Stewart 1605-1607 was christened at the Palace of Placentia. Elizabeth Vere Countess Derby 1575-1627 (29) carried the child. The infant's clothing, a train of purple velvet, embroidered with gold and furred with ermines, was supported by two countesses, being so long that it fell to the ground. Richard Bancroft Archibishop Canterbury 1544-1610 (60) performed the christening. The Queen's (30) brother Prince Ulrik Oldenburg 1578-1624#, the James VI King Scotland, I King England, Scotland and Ireland 1566-1625{King's} first cousin Arbella Stewart 1575-1615 and Dorothy Devereux Countess Northumberland 1564-1619 (41) were godparents. The King (38) presented Queen Anne (30) (who was not present) with new jewelry.

Gunpowder Plot

On 19 Oct 1592 Anthony-Maria Browne 2nd Viscount Montague 1574-1629 inherited Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst, Sussex. During his tenure Guy Fawkes was briefly employed as a footman and, as a consequence, Anthony-Maria Browne 2nd Viscount Montague 1574-1629 was briefly imprisoned for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot.

Around Oct 1605 Edward Stourton 10th Baron Stourton 1555-1633 was imprisoned in the Tower of London, Tower Hill, City of London for having received a letter from his cousin and brother-in-law Francis Tresham -1605 telling him not to attend Parliament. Nothing was proved against Edward and it emerged that several other Catholic peers had received similar warnings. He was released without charge.

In Oct 1605 the Gunpowder Plot sought to blow up Parliament, with James VI King Scotland, I King England, Scotland and Ireland 1566-1625 (39) and his MPs. The conspirators included Robert Catesby 1572-1605, Anthony-Maria Browne 2nd Viscount Montague 1574-1629 and Edward Stourton 10th Baron Stourton 1555-1633.

On 26 Oct 1605 William Parker 4th Baron Monteagle, 14th Baron Marshal, 13th Baron Morley 1575-1622 received a letter warning of the Gunpowder Plot and showed it to Robert Cecil 1st Earl Salisbury 1563-1612 (42) who then showed it to the King at Hoxton, Hackney, Middlesex.

On 04 Nov 1605 William Parker 4th Baron Monteagle, 14th Baron Marshal, 13th Baron Morley 1575-1622 searched the basement with Thomas Howard 1st Earl Suffolk 1561-1626 (44) and discovered the gunpowder and explosives at Westminster Palace, Westminster.

On 08 Nov 1605 Robert Catesby 1572-1605 was killed at Holbeche House, Kingswinford, Staffordshire.

On 30 Jan 1606 Everard Digby 1578-1606 was hanged at Old St Paul's Cathedral Churchyard, Old St Paul's Cathedral, Castle Baynard, City of London.

Masque of Beauty

On 10 Jan 1608 the Ben Johnson 1572-1637 Masque of Beauty was performed at the Banqueting House to celebrate the completion of its refurburbishment. James VI King Scotland, I King England, Scotland and Ireland 1566-1625 (41) attended.
The performers included:
Anne of Denmark Queen Consort Scotland, England and Ireland 1574-1619 (33)
Alethea Talbot Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey, 1st Countess Norfolk 1585-1654 (22)
Catherine Brydges Countess Bedford 1580-1657 (27)
Elizabeth Vere Countess Derby 1575-1627 (32)
Susan Vere Countess Montgomery 1587-1628 (20)
Lettice Perrot Baroness Chichester 1560-1620 (48)
Audrey Shelton 1568-1624
Catherine Somerset Baroness Windsor 1575-1654
Anne Clifford Countess Dorset, Countess Pembroke 1590-1676 (17)
Elizabeth Barkham Baronetess Garrard 1593-1632 (15)
Elizabeth Somerset 1590-1625
Elizabeth Cecil 1578-1646
Mary Neville 7th Baroness Bergavenny, 3rd Baroness Despencer 1554-1626
Catherine Somerset Baroness Windsor 1575-1654
Arbella Stewart 1575-1615

Masque of The Hue and Cry After Cupid

On 09 Feb 1608 John Ramsay 1st Earl Holderness 1580-1626 (27) and Elizabeth Radclyffe -1618 were married at Whitehall Palace, Westminster. James I (41) gave the bride away and sent the bride a gold cup containing a grant of lands worth an income of £600 per year, also paid off Ramsay's debts of £10,000.
The marriage was celebrated with the Masque of The Hue and Cry After Cupid in the evening of 09 Feb 1608 at the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, Westminster written by Ben Johnson 1572-1637
The principal masquers, nobles and gentlemen of the Court, appeared in the guise of the twelve signs of the Zodiac; the men, five English and seven Scottish courtiers, were:
Ludovic Stewart 2nd Duke Lennox, 1st Duke Richmond 1574-1624 (33)
Thomas Howard 21st Earl Arundel, 4th Earl Surrey, 1st Earl Norfolk 1586-1646 (21)
Philip Herbert 1st Earl Montgomery, 4th Earl Pembroke 1584-1650 (23)
William Herbert 3rd Earl Pembroke 1580-1630 (27)
Esmé Stewart 3rd Duke Lennox 1579-1624 (29)
Theophilus Howard 2nd Earl Suffolk 1582-1640 (25)
James Hay 1st Earl Carlisle 1580-1636 (27)
Robert Crichton 8th Lord Sanquhar -1612
John Kennedy, Master of Mar
Robert Rich 2nd Earl Warwick 1587-1658
Mr Erskine