Alexander Selcraig


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Noun1.Alexander Selcraig - Scottish sailor who was put ashore on a deserted island off the coast of Chile for five years (providing the basis for Daniel Defoe's novel about Robinson Crusoe) (1676-1721)Alexander Selcraig - Scottish sailor who was put ashore on a deserted island off the coast of Chile for five years (providing the basis for Daniel Defoe's novel about Robinson Crusoe) (1676-1721)
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In September 1704 the English pirate ship Cinque Ports, Thomas Stradling captain, put in at the island of Juan Fernandez, 600 miles off the coast of Chile, mountainous and uninhabited except by freely spawning rats, cats, and goats that had escaped from other ships, and abandoned its obstreperous ship's master, Alexander Selcraig, to fend for himself, as Captain Stradling refused to put up with him for so much as another day.