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

Faces of Change: Votes for Women

Thu 24 Jan 2019
11:00-14:30
Inspired by the centenary anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, our forthcoming partnership with the National Portrait Gallery “Faces of Change ‘Votes for Women’ , will bring a significant collection of national importance to Northern Ireland

Monthly Birdwatching

Sat 02 Feb 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.

Faces of change - Votes for Women - Closing Event

Sat 02 Feb 2019
12:00-13:00
Join us at Mount Stewart on Saturday 2 February 12.00pm & 2pm for a for a final chance to view this important exhibition and enjoy a closing tribute to Faces of Change in the form of a poetry recital from the community group Women Aloud NI.

Free Open Day

Sat 09 Mar 2019
10:00-17:00
Enjoy free admission at a number of National Trust places today. Come and meet our staff and volunteers, and learn more about the amazing places we look after.

World Book Day Weekend

Sat 09 Mar 2019
11:00-15:00
Do you like jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig or do you have adventures like The Famous Five? We would love to hear all about your favourite stories and characters at our World Book Day Weekend. Come dressed up and join the fun.

Night Run - Experience Mount Stewart in a New Light

Sat 09 Mar 2019
17:15-21:00
Join us for our Night Run this March, in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor. This event is about having fun at your own pace, meeting new people, exploring Mount Stewart after dark and raising funds for our ongoing conservation work.