1603 – 1625 James I of England and VI of Scotland
1603 The burial of George Wood ‘dwelling at the sign of the White Horse in the Market Place the xxiv day of February 1603’ is recorded.
1605 The Gunpowder Plot was discovered which had aimed to blow up the King and Parliament.
1605 The Earl of Northumberland of Syon was suspected of being involved in the Gunpowder Treason and was imprisoned in the Tower for many years. He was released after paying a fine of £30,000. During his imprisonment he became known as The Wizard Earl because of the scientific experiments he conducted with Sir Walter Raleigh and Thomas Harriot.
1607 The settlement of Jamestown was established in America. The leader of the settlers was Captain John Smith who was captured by Indians. He was rescued by the Chief’s daughter, Pocahontas who later married another settler, John Rolfe. Tobacco was grown there and exported to England.
1610 Brentford Market was abolished by James I as the rent had not been paid by the Hawley family. A new license was granted by the King after representation by local people.
1611 King James’ Authorised version of the Bible was published
1612 The County Justices held their court at the Doves Inn in the Market Place
1616 William Shakespeare died
1616 The Indian Princess, Pocahontas, stayed with her husband, John Rolfe, in a house on the site of the Royal Mail sorting office before they set off on their journey to return to America. She died before the ship had left the Thames and was buried at Gravesend.
1621-3 Lady Mary Reade built the first section of the present Boston Manor House. On its completion she married Sir Edward Spencer of Althorp, Northamptonshire.
In the same year she and the Earl of Northumberland were summonsed, as Lords of the Manors of Boston and Syon, for not keeping Brentford bridge repaired.