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Posted by on Sep 3, 2007 in Excursions | 0 comments

Now that’s a fundraiser…

My ancestors came over from County Sutherland before the Revolutionary War. I recently ran across this article on Wikipedia:

Embo (Scottish Gaelic: Eurabol) is a village in the Highland Council Area in Scotland. It is in the traditional/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 declaration of independence was legal & approved by HM Queen Elizabeth II & the Prime Minister at the time (Margaret Thatcher). 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”

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