James I stayed at the Manor at Grafton in 1608, 1610, 1612, 1614 and again in August 1616, indulging his consuming passion for hunting deer, which was noted by the Venetian ambassador: 'he seems to have forgotten he is King except in his kingly pursuit of Stags to which he is foolishly devoted'. James, however emulated his predecessors in mixing business with pleasure. In August 1612 he was corresponding from Grafton with Sir Thomas Edmondes in Frances.
The honor had previously been granted to Prince Henry, James I's eldest son, who died in 1612.
The Progresses and Public Processions of James I (London 1828)
Vol. 2 p. 203
Early in August 1608 the king knighted several men at Grafton.
On 4th August the king visited Alderton
5th August the king was at Holdenby
Ibid. p. 207
19th Aug. 1608 The king knighted at Grafton: - Sir Seymour Knightley, Sir Edward Griffin and Sir Lewis Watson all of Northamptonshire.
vol. 3 p. 186
17 Aug. 1616 the king was at Dingley, 18th Aug. at Holdenby. Having spent 3 days at Grafton the king's arrival at Woodstock was appointed for 22nd August where he met the Queen.
Ph35288 Northampton Deposition1634 (f15 & f1 to 5)
f. 5 Question 19: Item was not King James of famous memory in the time of his Progress feasted upon the foresaid Tarris or long Walke; was it not of a large and spacious buildinge;