A portrait of James VI of Scots, made after his untimely death. Prologue Scotland, 19 March 1570. The year 1570 in Scotland began with violence with the assassination of the regent for King James VI of Scots, known historically as 'the Wee-King' or 'the Boy-King'. The murder of James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, resulted in the rise of Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, the paternal father of James VI through his eldest son, to the regency. A political opportunist of a kind most often seen in Scotland's nobility in this era, his elevation to the Regency of the officially Presbyterian Monarchy caused the supporters of Mary of Scots to turn on him, however Earl Lennox paid this little mind at the moment since more disturbing events were happening right in front of his eyes. James VI of Scots, a boy who was barely 4 years old, was dying of one of the myriad of sicknesses that tended to come with the spring. Despite attempts by the best doctors available to save him, James VI died a week after his diagnosis on 19th of March, 1570. His successor? Well... It's complicated.