Parliament decided to act in order to bar a Catholic ever sitting on the throne again. That is where the Act came in to place, and Sophia leaped up in the succession to become the heiress presumptive. However The fact remains, that even though she was far down in the line of succession, she was still in fact a descendant. Sophia died, however shortly before Queen Anne in 1714, so it was her son who became King George I on Anne’s death.Share
Sophia was the youngest daughter of Elizabeth of Scotland, who was the daughter of King James VI of Scotland, and later went on to become King James I of England in 1603 . James’s claim to the crown of England, was due to his great-grandmother Margaret Tudor (eldest daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York and older sister of Henry VIII) who, one hundred years before he ascended the English throne, married his great-grandfather King James IV of Scotland.
Through King James I (who is the current Queen’s 10th great-grandfather), Queen Elizabeth II is also descended from Robert the Bruce- the Scottish national hero, who defeated the English at Loudon Hill and Bannockburn, through his daughter Majorie Bruce who married King Robert II of Scotland, the first king of the house of Stewart- thus making Robert the Bruce her 20th great-grandfather. Through Robert the Bruce she also descended from Kenneth MacAlpin, the legendary first King of Scotland. This line can also trace back to Cedric of Wessex, the earliest Saxon ancestor who died in 534. (Read more.)