The Statue of Robinson Crusoe - Lower Largo, Fife
These are a few photos of the statue of Robinson Crusoe (a fictional character) as written about
by Daniel Defoe.
The story in that book is based on the life of Alexander Selkirk of Lower Largo in Fife who was
born here and was definitely NOT a fictional character - but he did spend over four years alone on one of
the uninhabited Juan Fernández Islands off the west coast of South America.
William Dampier - another famous and remarkable sailor, explorer, pirate and privateer - was
involved in both leaving him there and rescuing him, though it took him a while.
It's a fascinating tale and one well worth investigating. And Robinson Crusoe is a book
well worth reading.
The statue was paid for in 1885 by David Gillies, a prominent local businessman and
descendant of Alexander Selkirk and carved by Thomas Stuart Burnett, A.R.S.A..
A longer lens was used to help you locate the statue placed over the top of the two doors
in the central front of the building.
There's only one useable gap between the houses across the street to enable
an aerial view of the cottage.
Looking up at the statue from street level you can see that Selkirk was apparently
armed to the teeth.
The plaque tells some of the story and indicates that the present building is on the site of
the cottage he was born in.
These photos were taken from over the beach, poking over the roofs of the
The house is highlighted to help guide you.
It's in Main Street, Lower Largo, Fife, KY8 6BJ, just east of the village centre and harbour.