Tarbat Places

Tarbat Community Collage

A rainbow forms over Tarbat Free Church.

Abbot's Stone, Applecross
Clachan Church, Applecross
Rosemarkie Stone and Church
St Clement's Church, Dingwall
St Duthac's Church, Tain
Tarbat Church, Portmahomack

Thanks are due to Mrs Dorothy Haldane for permission to record excerpts from her late husband's book Ye His Saints.

Map showing various locations, referred to in the text, which are associated with Scotland's saints.

Tarbat Old Parish Church or the Church of St Colman at Portmahomack, Easter Ross, with the Dornoch Firth in the background. Beneath the present building fragments of walls of earlier buildings, going back over 1000 years, have been unearthed. A grave marker recovered from the foundation of St Colman's Church in 1998 is similar to early grave markers at St Columba's monastery in Iona. The marker, illustrated along with its reverse side, was recovered from the foundations of the church in 1998 and is now housed in the church along with many other fascinating and beautiful finds from the dig. These give a unique insight into life in the Pictish era. 

Sunday School Picnic, Tarbat free Church of Scotland 1996
Sunday School Picnic, Tarbat free Church of Scotland 1996

Tarbat Churches

The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Portmahomack - June 2002

Tarbat Free Church is a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). It is reformed, evangelical and presbyterian.  The Church is located in the village of Portmahomack, Ross and Cromarty.

Services take place in the church at Portmahomack every Sunday at 12 noon.

An evening service takes place at 6:30 pm. The location of the evening service alternates between the church in Portmahomack and the congregation's meeting house in Skinnerton, in the village of Inver, just off the direct road between Tain and Portmahomack

A Mid-Week Meeting for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship meets in the manse on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. 

The congregation have a full programme of youth activities:
Sunday School and Bible Class groups for young people from age 3 to age 18 meet on Sunday mornings in the manse at 11am.
A youth club for young people aged 5 - 12 meets on the first and third Friday of each month during the school term at 6:30 pm
A youth group for young people aged 12 - 18 meets on the first and third Friday of each month during the school term at 7:30 pm.
The Youth Club and Youth Group both meet in the Carnegie Hall, Portmahomack.

The Minister is Rev. John MacLeod, M.A.

(Approximate date of the above text 2003 RCHS)

This building, on the same site as the present one, served the congregation from 1844 to 1893. It is shown here on the day demolition commenced.  The builder of the new church, Lamb to name, is visible on the roof.

The present place of worship dates from 1893 and is a fine neo-Gothic building in the village of Portmahomack. The building was designed by Andrew Maitland and Sons, Architects. It was largely restored in 1993-4.

This picture shows the bell, following repair in 1994, being lifted back into position at a height of about 50' above ground.

This picture shows the interior of the church, the woodwork being fine North American pine.  (This photo courtesy of David and Jane Fulkerson, Plentywood, Montana, USA)

Rev. Dugald Matheson, minister during the period in which the present building was erected.

Rev. John MacLeod, minister of the Free Church since 1978
Rev. John MacLeod, minister of the Free Church since 1978

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