ARCHIVE MATERIAL

Genealogy

Census records for: 1841 and 1851

Lighthouse Records:

Tarbatness Lighthouse Keepers

Images:

  • GENERAL VIEWS & BUILDINGS
  • HARBOUR & SHIPPING
  • ROCKFIELD VILLAGE & FAIRFIELD
  • BALLONE CASTLE & TARBATNESS LIGHTHOUSE
  • TARREL, ROCKFIELD & ARBOLL
  • WILKHAVEN, BRUCEFIELD, SEAFIELD, BINDAL & HILTON
  • GEANIES, BALNAHA, CADBOLL MOUNT & PITKERRIE
  • SALMON FISHING
  • WORLD WAR

Tarbat War Memorial

Newspaper Archives:

  • 1742-CALEDONIAN MERCURY-THURSDAY 29 JULY-PRIVATEER OFF CADBOLL
  • 1840-HERTFORD MERCURY AND REFORMER-SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST-RECENT REVIVAL IN EASTER ROSS
  • 1843-CALEDONIAN MERCURY-MONDAY 25 DECEMBER-JURY CAUSE-ARCHIBALD DUDGEON V WILLIAM FORBES
  • 1860-JOHN O GROAT JOURNAL-THE CHURCH OF TARBAT ROSS-SHIRE (STINE BHEAG)
  • 1885-ABERDEEN JOURNAL-TUESDAY 20 JANUARY-ROSS-SHIRE FISHERMEN AND TRAWLING
  • 1888-NORTHERN ARGUS-FRIDAY 2ND MARCH-HOAXING A HIGHLAND SMUGGLER

ARCHAEOLOGY

The Archaeology of the Fortrui

The most cited and perhaps most powerful Pictish kingdom appears to have been the Kingdom of Fortriu. Fortriu was originally thought to be based in Perthshire in central Scotland, but recent work by leading Pictish historian Alex Woolf (2006) has turned the knowledge of the political organisation of the Picts on its head with the identification of Fortriu, with the Moray Firth area, suggesting that the early peoples of northern Scotland were major players in the emergence of the first kingdoms in the first millennium AD.

THE PICTISH TRAIL – WHO WERE THE PICTS?

The Picts were made up of tribes who spoke a Celtic language and lived in eastern Scotland during the 3rd to 9th centuries. They are believed to be descended from native peoples of Scotland. The Picts had a prehistoric religion and were later converted to Christianity. Named the Picti (Painted People) by the Romans, we do not know what the Picts called themselves!

Our site stands on the Tarbat peninsula. 'Tarbat' comes from the Gaelic word tairbeart, 'carry across', used to indicate a place where boats are taken across land. Richly ornamented Pictish cross-slabs stood at the edges of the peninsula, at Hilton of Cadboll, Shandwick and Nigg and their remains can be seen at the places marked on the map. It is likely that these stones marked the edges of the monastic estate centred here at Portmahomack.

Together these cross-slabs are among the finest artistic achievements of 8th-century Europe. Follow the Pictish Trail signs, see the stones and then find all about the Picts at the Tarbat Discovery Centre

Hilton-of-Cadboll StoneShandwick StoneNigg Stone

The original stone is in the National Museum in Edinburgh, but we have a magnificent replica which was carved by local sculptor Barry Grove adjacent to the original site. This means that you can see the stone as the local population would have seen it over 800 years ago.

Drive down to Balintore, follow the coast road and travel north for about ½ a mile and you can see the original base of the stone at the Seaboard Memorial Hall.

Continue on north through the small village of Hilton-of-Cadboll as far as you can go. Follow the signs and you can visit our magnificent replica at the site of the medieval chapel.

Clach a’Charridh (The Shandwick Stone) means ‘Stone of the Grave Plots’ and was named thus after the area was used as a burial ground during the 1832 cholera epidemic. The cross slab has stood majesticaly overlooking the Moray Firth for over 1,000 years. It is now encased in glass for protection against the elements.

From Balintore drive south along the coast road through Shandwick and you will see the stone in a field adjacent to the road just outside Shandwick. Parking is in the lay-by next to the stone.

The Nigg Stone is displayed inside Nigg Old Church.

Admired and studied by scholars all over the world, its ornamental cross resembles a manuscript page. The fantastic intricacy of the carving, the whirlpools of spirals, and the heaped up knot of snakes, with tails and tongues endlessly intertwining, is only paralleled in the illuminations of the great Gospel-Book of Kells.

The carvings include a unique illustration of a miracle, the first monks, Paul and Anthony, receiving bread in the desert from a raven sent by God: and David, King and Psalmist, saving a sheep from a lion, his harp beside his shoulder.