This week – 18 July 1299

After spending three years as a (leniently treated) prisoner in England, John Balliol arrived at Wissant-sur-Mer, France, in papal custody. He had been transferred into the custody of the bishop of Vicenza by the terms of an Anglo-French treaty. He would remain in papal custody until the summer of 1301, when he retired to his ancestral estates in Picardy. Though attempts appear to have been made by the Scots for his restoration in the years following his abdication, by 1302 John himself had given up any claims he still had on the Scottish throne.

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