|Name:||Tarbat Parish Church||CISP No:||TARBT|
|Place:||Portmahomack (Port ma Cholmag)||Grid Ref:||NH 9100 8400 (GB)|
|County:||Ross and Cromarty , Scotland||Saint(s):||Colman ; Colmán|
Tarbat is situated on the north coast of the Tarbat peninsula, by the sands at Portmahomack.
Higgitt/1982, 318, concludes that Tarbat was the site of an ecclesiastical centre with educated personnel with the knowledge and ability to write and decorate manuscripts in the Insular tradition.
Harden/1994, 221-227, argues that the enclosure which came to surround the ecclesiastical site, may have been an earlier secular, or non-christian enclosure. Harden also discusses the pieces of non-inscribed stone sculpture from Tarbat, and the discovery of eighth to tenth century metal-work and coins. The site also produced a Roman coin of the third century.
Harden/1996, 225, also cites Martin Carver as arguing that the coincidence of a beach site and coins from the Emporium of Quentovic in Gaul might indicate a `beach market site of the first millenium AD'.
For the metalwork and coins also see Graham-Campbell/1995, no. 29.