The Magic Ink-Pot

Lady Londonderry notes in the foreword to the book that she wrote most of the stories as letters to her daughter while she was away in Spain, and was honoured to have returned home and found them typewritten and enjoyed so much that she added others with the addition of Celtic legends woven into the narrative. The wonderful illustrations were contributed by the famous illustrator and watercolour artist Edmund Brock, and by the Lady Londonderry’s daughter Margaret.

'These are stories about a Magic Ink-Pot, who was a great friend of two children who lived in Ulster at a place called Mount Stewart on Strangford Loch, In County Down. Quite a real place, which is marked on your geography maps. Their names were Mary and Robin Stewart. She was Seven and He was Six. It was just at the time when they began to do lessons, that the ink-pot visited them'

- extract from The Magic Ink-Pot.

The Magic Ink-Pot
The Magic Ink-Pot
The Dagda Mor, The green Harper
The Dagda Mor, The green Harper
The Rabbits allowed the children to play with them
The Rabbits allowed the children to play with them
They went up to the Dragon's body
They went up to the Dragon's body
They rose in the air and sailed over to Scrabo
They rose in the air and sailed over to Scrabo
She towered to the heavens, and her mantle swept the ground like a purple mist
She towered to the heavens, and her mantle swept the ground like a purple mist
" A strange sight may have been seen on All Hallows Eve had anyone been there."
- The Magic Ink-Pot by Lady Edith, Marchioness Londonderry

Upcoming events

Planters Seminar

Sat 23 Sep 2017
11:00-18:00
Come and enjoy this two day extravaganza with our special guest speakers. Enjoy guided tours of the gardens and a buffet lunch which will be provided on Sunday afternoon.

Jazz in the Gardens

Sun 24 Sep 2017
14:00-16:30
Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.

Red Squirrel Day

Sat 30 Sep 2017
10:00-14:00
Join us for a guided walk around the Red Squirrel Trail and learn all about the work of the Trust to save these endangered animals. Families can also enjoy red squirrel themed activity sessions led by the education team.

Floral Design Workshops: Autumn Glory.

Wed 04 Oct 2017
11:00-13:00
Come and embrace the scent, colour and fun of creating your own masterpiece.

Garden Experience Day

Sun 08 Oct 2017
10:00-17:00
How to look after trees, from pruning, establishment and maintenance.

Floral Design Workshop: Autumnal Door Wreaths

Wed 25 Oct 2017
11:00-13:00
Come and embrace the scent, colour and fun of creating your own masterpiece.