Mighty Men Tartan


Dear Piper James and Ina
Greetings to you both in Jesus name.  Thank you so much for your commitment to the Lord first and foremost, and also towards the MMC phenomenon.  We really love you and we are so proud of you.
Yours in Christ

“War Piper 4 Mighty Men” to gather Christian warriors along 1 500km route

Piperjames will walk from Cape Town to Mooi River to call men's attention to the Mighty Men Conference at Mooi River, Kwazulu Natal in October.

James McGowan aka Piperjames aka South Africa’s royal bagpiper aka War Piper 4 Mighty Men will walk 1 500km from Cape Town to Mooi River to pipe-up support for the Kwazulu-Natal Mighty Men Conference (KZN-MMC) in October.

The colourful piper who has played at Queen Elizabeth’s dinner table, the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, the Edinburgh Military Tatoo (as the lone piper), the opening of the South African Parliament, and most recently at the Mighty Men Conferences in Paarl and Middelburg, will cover the distance solo over eight weeks from August 20. He will be wearing his Mighty Men tartan kilt, piping as he goes, chatting to people and encouraging men to join the KZN-MMC.

And the big question on MMC observers’ minds is whether this extreme piping will lure Mighty Men founder Angus Buchan to the “In The Hidden Valley” MMC on Southern Cross Farm on the banks of the Mooi River. After hosting Mighty Men Conferences on his Greytown farm, Shalom, for seven consecutive years Buchan passed the baton to younger men who organised MMC events in various parts of South Africa. Officially Buchan agreed to address the MMC events at Paarl, Polokwane and Middelburg earlier this year. He recently returned from a successful campaign in Belfast Northern Ireland. At Paarl and Middelburg, Buchan, a farmer-evangelist of Scottish descent struck up a good rapport with Piperjames who moved from the United Kingdom to South Africa five years ago to  marry Ina Murison who recently designed the beautiful Mighty Men tartan which has been registered under an Act of Parliament of Scotland. Another point to ponder is that Mooi River, just 70km from Shalom, is virtually in Buchan’s backyard.  All of  these intriguing details fuel speculation about Buchan’s intentions in October. But as with all MMC events, organizers will remind men that the weekend is about Jesus and not about Buchan. And indeed it is!

Meanwhile, ardent ‘bok' supporter Piperjames will surely score points with local “manne” on the route when he dresses in full Springbok kilt and pipe as the ‘Amabokkepiper’, helping to get the nation fired up for the World Cup this year on the day of the week that has become known by all South Africans as ‘Bok Fridays’.

The Mighty Men movement began with some 200 men gathering at Shalom in 2004. At the 7th and final MMC at Shalom there were hundreds of thousands of men camping at the venue for the weekend and the movement has spread abroad to places such as the United Kingdom and Australia, reflecting a hunger in men to make right with God. Two significant personal milestones for Piperjames along the route will be his 50th birthday on September 16 and his 5th wedding anniversary on October 18.


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World’s first Christian tartan developed in SA

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World’s first Christian tartan developed in SA
A new tartan, said to depict Christianity, has been designed in Cape Town and registered in Scotland

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Oom Angus getting genuine Mighty Men kilt

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Mighty Men founder Angus Buchan will be presented with a unique Mighty Men kilt at the
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Mr. Buchan saw the tartan in kilt form for the first time when shown in public at the launch of Firetrails
in Cape Town on Sunday.
The beautifully coloured tartan, which has been registered with the Scottish World Register of Tartans,
is the first cloth depicting Christianity.
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Mighty Men Anthem

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Piperjames, South Africa`s Royal Piper wrote this beautiful anthem in honour of God and the Mighty Men who follow Him.
He composed the song and sings it himself.
"I am NOT a singer" he says "but I needed to do this to show my commitment to God and my fellow Christians".
All Glory to God!!!!!!

There are many verses in the Bible telling us about the Mighty Men.
1 Chronicles 11:10--47
2 Samuel 23:8
2 Samuel 11:1
Nah 2:3 etc.
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The Official letter from Shalom (Mr. Angus Buchan)

September 12, 2010


Dear Mr McGowan


Thank you for your mail.


Again, thank you for considering Mr Buchan.


I have since spoken with Mr Buchan and he has said you can most definitely continue with the MIGHTY MEN tartan.


However, we are unable to help with the data base of the Mighty Men as this is against our policy.  Our contacts with the men who attended Mighty Men are kept private and only used for newsletters etc.  As you can imagine, you are not the first to request such a good plan, b...

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The Mighty Men Tartan is now registered on the Scottish World Register!!!

September 9, 2010

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