Alexander Selkirk

1676 - 1721

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Alexander Selkirk (1676 – 13 December 1721) was a Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer who spent four years and four months as a castaway (1704–1709) after being marooned by his captain on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. He survived that ordeal, but succumbed to tropical illness years later while serving aboard HMS Weymouth off West Africa. Selkirk was an unruly youth, and joined buccaneering voyages to the South Pacific during the War of the Spanish Succession. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Selkirk has received more than 1,031,115 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Alexander Selkirk is the 5th most popular pirate (down from 4th in 2019), the 232nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 189th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Pirate.

Alexander Selkirk was a Scottish sailor who spent four years as a castaway on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean.

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Among pirates, Alexander Selkirk ranks 5 out of 25Before him are Hayreddin Barbarossa, Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, and Eric of Pomerania. After him are Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, Bartholomew Roberts, William Kidd, and Henry Every.

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Among people born in 1676, Alexander Selkirk ranks 1After him are Frederick I of Sweden, Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans, Robert Walpole, Francis II Rákóczi, Theresa Kunegunda Sobieska, Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Philip Johan von Strahlenberg, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Louise Bénédicte de Bourbon, Jacopo Riccati, and Stanisław Poniatowski. Among people deceased in 1721, Alexander Selkirk ranks 3Before him are Jean-Antoine Watteau and Pope Clement XI. After him are Mary Read, Charles Vane, Anton Florian, Prince of Liechtenstein, Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, Johann Christoph Bach, Edward Colston, Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, and Elihu Yale.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alexander Selkirk ranks 232 out of 6,924Before him are James Hunt (1947), Julie Andrews (1935), John Law (1671), Mordred (null), Francis Galton (1822), and Andrew Carnegie (1835). After him are Edward Burnett Tylor (1832), Arthur Henderson (1863), Charlotte Rampling (1946), David Gilmour (1946), Henry Morton Stanley (1841), and Peter Ustinov (1921).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, Alexander Selkirk ranks 3Before him are Blackbeard (1680) and Henry Morgan (1635). After him are Calico Jack (1682), Mary Read (1695), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), William Kidd (1645), Henry Every (1659), Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Edward Low (1690), and Samuel Bellamy (1689).