Six men were appointed to help rule the kingdom. They were called the Guardians of the Realm:
The Guardians agreed that the nobility of the realm would swear an oath of loyalty to the young queen, but in the meantime they would rule in the name of the Scottish crown. However, they already had a problem as the possibility of civil war threatened the kingdom.
Robert Bruce, the grandfather of the future king, had gathered a small force and captured several royal castles. He was able to get support from James Stewart, two other Scottish Earls and the Lord of Islay.
The group targeted allies and territory connected to the Comyns. The Guardians opposed Bruce's seizure of power. They gathered an army and Bruce's rebellion was quashed.
The Guardians were divided by struggles among themselves. Duncan, Earl of Fife was accused of using his position of power to steal. He was murdered by one of his relatives. Fighting almost broke out in the north east of Scotland between the two Comyn Guardians and the Earl of Atholl.
However, the Scottish nobles were able to agree the following: