Although James VI was baptised in the Catholic Church, he was brought up as a Protestant. He was intelligent and a good student.
As a young man, James was kidnapped by a group of Presbyterians hoping to take control of the government. The Presbyterian Lords were led by William Ruthven who took control of Scotland for ten months. This became known as the Ruthven Raid.
However, following his escape from captivity in 1583 and under the direction of James Stewart, Earl of Arran, he assumed control himself.