John Balliol and Edward I
When John Balliol came to the throne he had had several problems to overcome. He was an inexperienced politician and was unprepared for his role as king, but more importantly, Scotland had not had a reigning monarch for six years, and as such, the administrative system was weak. The rebellious Western Isles would require a strong hand – the majority of the nobles there did not support the decision to make him king.
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