Past and Present

Old Free Church

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.

Tarbat Free Church

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.

Attribution: unknown

Rev. Dugald Matheson,

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

Rev. John MacLeod,

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

Attribution: unknown

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 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 picture shows the interior of the church, the woodwork being fine North American pine. 

Attribution: (This photo courtesy of David and Jane Fulkerson, Plentywood, Montana, USA)

Tarbat Free Church

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 text onthis page: 2003 RCHS)

Tarbat Free Church built in 1893

Attribution: unknown