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Alexander (Selcraig) Selkirk (abt. 1676 - abt. 1721)

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Alexander Selkirk formerly Selcraig
Born about in Lower Largo, Fife, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] (to ) in Plymouth, Englandmap
Died about in buried at sea off the West Coast of Africamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 13 May 2016
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Alexander was the seventh son born to John Selcraig and his wife Euphan Mackie. His father was a shoemaker who taught Alexander leatherworking skills that proved useful during the time he was marooned on a deserted island. [1]

In 1703, during the War of Spanish Succession, Alexander joined a privateering expedition to the "South Sea" led by William Dampier. They carried Letters of Marque from the Lord High Admiral, Prince George, making them privateers and not pirates.


  1. Stephen, p 1162
  • Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed. Dictionary of National Biography, 1921-1922. Volumes 1-20, 22. London, England: Oxford University Press, 1921-1922.

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Alexander is 36 degrees from Rosa Parks, 27 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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