A very fine statue is to be seen above the doorway of this small cottage in Main Street, Lower Fargo in Fife. An inscription reads :
‘ In memory of Alexander Selkirk, mariner, the original Robinson Crusoe,
who lived on the island of Juan Fernandez in complete solitude
for four years & four months.
He died in 1723, Lt. Of HMS Weymouth, aged 47 years.’
Selkirk was born in the cottage in 1676. In 1694 he was employed as sailing master on board ship bound for the south seas. Due to dissension between the Captain and crew and a feeling that the boat was not seaworthy, Selkirk asked to be put ashore and was marooned with just his basic belongings.
His story inspired Daniel Defoe to write his celebrated book, Robinson Crusoe.
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Photo taken in Lower Largo, Fife KY8, UK
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