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Who was the heir to the throne after Mary's execution?

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May 27, 2009 2:52PM

-- Mary's heir --

Interestingly, Queen Mary I (Mary Queen of Scots), was NOT Queen of Scots at the time of her execution. Mary's reign ended in 1567 when she was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son, but she did not die until 1587. In the meantime, she had been replaced by her son, King James VI, who reigned over Scotland until 1625 (over England from 1603).

So, James VI succeeded Mary, but at the time of Mary's death, the heir to the throne could not have been James, as he was already King, so it was instead James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran who was heir in 1587. James was the great, great grandson of King James II. In 1594, James had a son, so the heirship passed to him.