Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish seaman, born at Largo, Fifeshire, about 1676, died on board H. B. M. ship Weymouth in 1723. He went from England in 1703 as sailing master of the privateer Cinque Ports, and in September, 1704, in consequence of a quarrel with his captain, was put ashore at his own request on the island of Juan Fernandez, which was then much frequented by vessels navigating the Pacific. He was supplied with clothes, arms, ammunition, and other necessaries, and remained on the island in solitude four years and four months, when he was taken off by Capt. Woodes Rogers of the privateer The Duke, Feb. 12, 1709, and carried to England, where he arrived Oct. 1, 1711. He returned to Largo, but after some time eloped with a girl, whom he married, and went to London. Subsequently he entered the navy, and was lieutenant when he died. Capt. Rogers, in his narrative of his cruise (London, 1712), gave an account of Selkirk's residence on Juan Fernandez; and John Howell published "Life and Adventures of Alexander Selkirk" (Edinburgh, 1829). (See Defoe, and Juan Fernandez).