John Balliol was crowned King of Scotland at Scone, on 30 November 1292. As soon as King John came to the throne he had several problems to overcome:
- He had not been trained to be a King.
- Scotland had been without a monarch for almost seven years and it was poor.
- Many of the Scottish nobles, especially the Bruces, did not want Balliol to be king.
Edward I of England made life very difficult for King John:
- In 1292, Edward made John pay homage to him (accept him as his overlord), showing John that Edward was really in charge of Scotland.
- Edward also appointed an English noble, Thomas of Hunsingore, as Scottish Chancellor.
- He declared that he would hear legal complaints and court hearings from Scottish nobles.
Edward I treated John like one of his Lords rather than as the King of an independent country.