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For the scientific organisation, see European Molecular Biology Organization. {{#invoke:Coordinates|coord}}{{#coordinates:57.90|-3.98|region:GB_type:city(300)|||||| |primary |name= }} Embo Scottish Gaelic: Earabol Embo is located in SutherlandEmboEmbo Population 300 (approx. ) OS grid reference NH816928 Council area Highland Lieutenancy area Sutherland Country Scotland Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town DORNOCH Postcode district IV25 Dialling code 01862 Police Scottish Fire Highlands and Islands Ambulance Scottish EU Parliament Scotland UK Parliament Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Scottish Parliament Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency in the Highlands and Islands electoral region List of places UK Scotland Embo is a village in the Highland Council Area in Scotland and the former/postal county of Sutherland, about 2 miles NNE of Dornoch. On 16 July 1988, Embo declared itself independent from the rest of the United Kingdom for one day. This was done to raise funds to convert the unused primary school in the village into a community centre. The village issued its own currency, called the Cuddie. The rate of exchange was 2 cuddies to the pound. Cuddies were accepted in the local public house - Grannies Heilan' Hame, in exchange for a measure of Clynelish Malt Whisky. The owners of the distillery, in nearby Brora, sponsored the bid for independence by issuing a commemorative label on 50 cases of Clynelish Malt Whisky - "The Spirit of Free Embo" Bronze Age remains were excavated to the south of the village in 1956, other burials having previously been discovered in the area. Nancy Dorian's research of the local East Sutherland Gaelic dialect showed that in 1964, over 100 of the village's total population of fewer than 300 still actively spoke Gaelic, and that many more had a "smattering" or were perfect passive bilinguals. This percentage even briefly increased during the 1970s with "returners" to the village. Until the end of the 1970s at least, Embo was a bilingual Gaelic and English speaking community. Brora and Golspie had much smaller percentages of Gaelic speakers at that time. As with the entire region of East Sutherland, the end of the 19th century and the collapse of the fishing industry coincided with the decline of Gaelic as the majority language of the people. Embo is informally "twinned" with Kaunakakai on the island of Molokai in Hawaii.
Post townDORNOCH
Administrative CountyHighland
Traditional CountySutherland
OS GridNH8192
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Region
CountryScotland
Police AuthorityNorthern Scotland
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHighlands and Islands
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHighlands and Islands
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01862
Population300 (approx.)
 

Embo, Highland in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Embo, fishing vil., in par. and 2½ miles NE. of Dornoch, SE. Sutherlandshire, pop. 396; P.O.

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