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 Magic Ink-Pot
The Dagda Mor, The green Harper
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
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 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
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
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

Tour the Temple

Sun 25 Aug 2019
12:00-13:00
Join one of our guides for a tour of the Temple of the Winds. Hear the history of this special building and enjoy the stunning views over Strangford Lough.

Jazz in the Gardens

Sun 25 Aug 2019
14:00-16:30
Bring your picnic or enjoy some of our on-site catering and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.

Mount Stewart Conversations Festival 2019

Sat 07 Sep 2019
10:00-17:00
Mount Stewart Conversations Festival is returning on 7th & 8th of September 2019 bigger and brighter than ever before. Full programme and ticket information will be announced in July 2019.

Monthly Birdwatching

Sat 07 Sep 2019
10:30-12:00
Mount Stewart and surrounds is an ornithologist's delight with a wide range of feathered friends calling it home throughout the year.

MSCF 2019: The Art of Conversation

Sat 07 Sep 2019
13:00-14:00
A new local writing collective KGB brought together by Karen Mooney, Gaynor Kane and Byddi Lee capture local writing talent for prestigious Mount Stewart Conversations Festival.

MSCF 2019: Rock stars & Royalty - Princess Loewenstein & Lady Ann Glenconner

Sat 07 Sep 2019
14:30-15:30
Get ready to hear some of the most intriguing anecdotes you’re ever likely to hear as we join Princess Josephine Loewenstein and Lady Ann Glenconner in conversation.