Lower Largo

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Coordinates: 56°12′50″N 2°56′28″W / 56.214°N 2.941°W / 56.214; -2.941

Lower Largo
Lower Largo is located in Fife
Lower Largo
Lower Largo
 Lower Largo shown within Fife
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Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland
Statue of Alexander Selkirk in Lower Largo.
Plaque for Alexander Selkirk in Lower Largo.

Lower Largo or Seatown of Largo is a village in Fife, Scotland. situated on Largo Bay along the north side of the Firth of Forth.

An ancient fishing village, Lower Largo is famous as the 1676 birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, who provided inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.[1] A signpost at the harbour points to Juan Fernández Islands, some 7,500 miles distant, where Selkirk lived for more than four years as a castaway.

The arrival of the railway in 1856 brought many tourists to Lower Largo's sandy beach. Lower Largo has retained many historic buildings, and in 1978 it was designated as a conservation area.

The railway line through Lower Largo was closed in the 1960s as part of the programme of cuts overseen by Dr. Richard Beeching, and though it has been disused since then the viaduct that dominates the village remains an important local landmark.

Lower Largo is contiguous with Lundin Links.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Severin, Tim (2002). In Search of Robinson Crusoe. New York: Basic Books. pp. 17–19. ISBN 978-046-50-7698-7. 

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