Talarican (Tarkin) was a Scottish
Bishop of Sodor(a diocese including the western islands of Scotland) of the eighth century.
He was probably of purely
Pictishorigin, though the "Aberdeen Breviary" (1509) says he was born in Ireland. The legend in the "Breviary" states that he was raised to the episcopate by Pope Gregory; and Adam King's "Kalendar" (1558) styles him "bischop and confess. in Scotland under King Solvathius".
Bollandists, following the chronology of the Dalriadickings as adopted by Pinkertonand Skene, place the reign of Selvachfrom 706 to 726; and, as Gregory IIwas pope from 715 to 731, conclude that Talarican became bishop about 720, a few years after the Columban monks of Ionahad been induced by St. Egbertto conform to the Roman Rite. He is said to have offered the Holy Sacrifice every day, to have been noted for his zeal and his mortified life, and to have converted many pagans in the northern coasts of Scotland through his preaching and example. According to Dempster, he died in the Island of Lismore.
He is considered a Catholic saint, and many churches subsequently founded in the
Diocese of Moray, Ross, and Aberdeenwere dedicated in his honour. His name is perpetuated in the district of Kiltarlity( Inverness-shire), the church and cemetery of Ceilltarraglan( Skye), and wells still known as "St. Tarkin's" at Fordyce, Kilsyth, and elsewhere.
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