During the early-to-mid sixteenth century, James V served as King of Scotland. He was the father of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was born less than a week before his death and ascended to the Scottish throne only days after her birth.
He was crowned King of Scotland when he was less than one year old.
A music enthusiast, he played the lute and employed a band of Musicians at his court. Also interesting is the fact that he enjoyed dressing as a commoner during his travels.
Born at Linlithgow Palace, he was the son of Henry VII's daughter, Margaret Tudor, and Scottish King James IV. James V's first marriage, to Madeleine de Valois, ended with his young bride's death of tuberculosis; his second marriage, to Mary of Guise, produced Mary, Queen of Scots.
James V is a character in Sir Walter Scott's influential narrative poem The Lady of the Lake.