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King John Balliol

King John Balliol

John Balliol was king of Scotland between 1292 and 1296 and was the last Scottish Monarch to be crowned (St. Andrew's day 1292) upon the Stone of Destiny. Balliol has been much maligned over the years as being weak or as 'a puppet king' subservient to Edward I King of England. Much of this has to do with the efforts of Robert the Bruce in having Balliol's reign pretty much overwritten with his own achievements. The truth is that Balliol had a stronger claim to the throne than Bruce, and Bruce, in order to strengthen his own position as King had to weaken that of Ballio and his supporters.

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