Upper Largo

(Kirkton of Largo)

An ancient village in the East Neuk of Fife to the north of Lower Largo. Also known as Kirkton of Largo, the village is centred on its 12th-century parish church of Largo which was given to the Cistercian nunnery at North Berwick by Earl Duncan of Fife (1154 - 1204). A Pictish symbol stone and the headstone of the family of Alexander Selkirk (Defoe's Robinson Crusoe) are to be found in the churchyard and inside the church is a model of the Yellow Caravel, the ship of the Scottish admiral Sir Andrew Wood (c.1455 - 1539) who defeated the English fleet in 1498. North of the church is the Jacobean-style Wood's Hospital or Wood's Houses, founded in 1665 and rebuilt in 1830.

Upper Largo is connected to its port at Lower Largo by a right-of-way called the Serpentine.

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