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The Statue of Robinson Crusoe - Lower Largo, Fife

The Statute of Robinson Crusoe - (Alexander Selkirk) in Lower Largo. Fife, Scotland

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 Statute of Robinson Crusoe - (Alexander Selkirk) in Lower Largo. Fife, Scotland

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..


The Statute of Robinson Crusoe - (Alexander Selkirk) in Lower Largo. Fife, Scotland

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.


The Statute of Robinson Crusoe - (Alexander Selkirk) in Lower Largo. Fife, Scotland

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.


The Statute of Robinson Crusoe - (Alexander Selkirk) in Lower Largo. Fife, Scotland

These photos were taken from over the beach, poking over the roofs of the seafront houses.


The Statute of Robinson Crusoe - (Alexander Selkirk) in Lower Largo. Fife, Scotland

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.




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