Help needed with dating 17th century England

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Looking at some records from the Virginia Company of London, early 1600s. James 1 became King of England and Ireland on 24 March 1603. The records referred to use, for example, the following dates: Michaelmas Term 21 James I; May 23 7 James I

Do these dates refer to the year of James' reign? For instance, is May 23 7 James I = May 23, 1610?

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in Genealogy Help by Shirley Dalton G2G6 Pilot (503k points)
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Yes, these dates refer to the year of James's reign, but May 23 7 James I is May 23, 1609 (the 7th year of James I's reign began 6 years after he became king, on 24 March 1609, and ends 7 years less a day after he became king, on 23 March 1610) - same principle as why the 20th century begins in year 1900 and ends in year 1999.
by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (83.9k points)
Thanks, I rather thought it was a reference to year of James' reign. Also thanks for clarifying how to determine the year of the reign.
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Michaelmas term is the Autumn term: the legal or academic year  Oct to Dec. It's not an exact date.

21 James 1 means the 21st regnal year of James 1. i.e. 1623.

May 23. in the 7th regnal year of James 1 was  1609. Regnal years are calculated from day of succession.

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by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (397k points)
Thanks for this information. Especially for the calculator. That will be very helpful.

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