This was the king that started the atrocities in the Americas. Under him Jamestown was founded. It was also in this time that the British (in his case, Scotland) started the atrocities overseas in the Americas. He also led the brutal Highland Clearances. For this reason he was a brutal absolute monarchy.
King James I helped the economy of England, freed the people from Catholic persecution, and helped establish this once great nation. The "atrocities" Adam2 speaks of were the result of decisions made in an effort to address the violent native warfare. The local tribes were very hostile toward European settlers.