During 1294, Edward I was preparing to go to war with France. It was Edward’s right to demand that all of his Lords accompanied him or at least sent soldiers to join his army.
Edward regarded King John as one of his nobles and John was told that he and other Scots would have to fight. This created problems for Scotland:
A new group of 12 'Guardians of the Realm' was formed to take action, assuming that King John would do nothing against King Edward. The Guardians sent Scottish messengers to France to discuss how to deal with Edward I. In February 1296 an agreement was made between Scotland and France called the 'Auld Alliance'. The Treaty stated that if France was attacked, Scottish forces would come to their aid. The French agreed to do the same if the situation was reversed.