Clad in gaitskins, Selkirk awaits rescue in a sculptur bi Thomas Stuart Burnett (1885)
Lawer Lairgae, Fife, Scotland
|Died||13 December 1721 (aged 45)
Cape Coast, Ghana
|Naitionality||Scots an Breetish (after 1707)|
|Kent for||Inspirin Robinson Crusoe|
Alexander Selkirk (1676 – 13 December 1721) wis a Scots preevateer an Ryal Navy officer wha spent mair nor fower years as a castawey (1704–1709) efter bein marooned bi his caiptain on an uninhabitit island in the Sooth Paceefic Ocean. He survived that ordeal, but succumbed tae tropical illness a dozen years later while servin abuird HMS Weymouth aff Wast Africae. He wis the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe.