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Tarbat Discovery Centre (former Tarbat Old Church) including the Burial Ground and excluding Scheduled Monument No 12793 ‘Portmahomack monastic settlement, 95 m SSW of Tarbat West Church’, Tarbatness Road, PortmahomackLB14098

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 91485 84020
291485, 884020


1756 incorporating some earlier work. Alterations and repairs, Andrew Maitland, 1864; partial re-seating, Alexander Annandale, Invergordon, 1891; further alterations, A Maitland and Sons, 1921. Long, low T-plan church, harled with painted tooler margins. Orientated east/west with aisle to north. Slightly irregular fenestration including 3 long windows in centre of south elevation with small off-centre minister s porch with piended roof. Gallery doors approached by flights of steps in outer bays; similar flight to rear. Mainly 4-pane glazing. Square stumpy ashlar belfry at west gable apex, with ashlar ogee roof with diminutive lucarnes and stone finial. Long rectangular opening in each face with moulded jambs, and moulded cornices above and below. Slate roof; stone ridge.

Interior: rear gallery now blocked; interior re-cast and re-furbished.

Burial ground enclosed by dry stone wall. Contains some fine tombstones and memorials dating from the late 17th century onwards.

Statement of Special Interest

The ground beneath the Tarbat Old Church Burial Ground is scheduled as 'Portmahomack monastic settlement, 95m SSW of Tarbat West Church' is Scheduled Monument No 12793 and is excluded from the listing. Significant upstanding and below-ground archaeological remains may survive as part of and in addition to the structures and features described above.

Listed building record and statutory address updated in 2015. Previously listed as 'Portmahomack Tarbat Old Church and Burial Ground.'



Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: CANMORE ID 15662 & 15664

Statistical Account (1791-99) Tarbat, County of Ross and Cromarty, Vol.6. 430.

Hay, G. (1957) The Architecture Of Scottish Post - Reformation Churches. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gifford, J. (1992) Buildings of Scotland: Highland and Islands. London: Penguin Books. p. 444-5

Inverness Advertiser, 12 April 1864.

Inverness Courier, 11 August 1891.

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