Alexander Selkirk bronze plaque in Lower Largo

In memory of Alexander Selkirk mariner. The original of Robinson Crusoe who lived on the island of Juan Fernandez in complete solitude for four years and four months. He died 1723, Leuitenant of HMS Weymouth aged 47 years. This statue is erected by David Gillies, net manufacturer, on the site of the cottage in which Selkirk waas born.

Alexander Selkirk (1676 – 13 December 1721), also known as Alexander Selcraig, was a Scottish sailor who spent more than four years as a castaway after being marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean.An unruly youth, Selkirk joined buccaneering expeditions to the South Sea, including one commanded by William Dampier, which called in for provisions at the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile. Selkirk judged correctly that his craft, the Cinque Ports, was unseaworthy, and asked to be left there.By the time he was rescued, he had become adept at hunting and making use of the resources found on the island. His story of survival was widely publicised when he returned home, and likely became a source of inspiration for writer Daniel Defoe's fictional Robinson Crusoe.

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