The Great Cause began in 1291 and is the name given to the time when Edward was deciding who had the best claim to the throne of Scotland
Thirteen months later, in November 1292, Edward I decided that John Balliol had the strongest claim to the throne and therefore would become King of Scotland.
Edward I chose John Balliol as King for a number of reasons:
John Balliol was crowned King of Scotland at Scone Palace, on 30 November 1292. However there were a number of reasons why he would have a difficult time ruling Scotland: