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

Monthly Birdwatching

Wed 07 Feb 2018
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.

World Book Weekend

Sat 03 Mar 2018
11:00-17:00
We would love to hear all about your favourite stories and characters at our World Book Day Weekend. Come dressed up and join some of our storytelling sessions.

Free Open Day

Sat 10 Mar 2018
10:00-15:00
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.

Mums at Mount Stewart

Sun 11 Mar 2018
12:00-13:30
Treat your Mum to a fabulous afternoon tea at Mount Stewart. Sit back with a glass of Prosecco and enjoy some live music while celebrating your marvellous Mum.

Rhododendron Ramble and Roast

Sun 18 Mar 2018
11:30-14:30
Tour the rhododendrons at Mount Stewart with Head of Gardens, Neil Porteous, followed by a rustic meal in the Mount Stewart Tea-Rooms.

Discover Spring on the Demesne

Sat 24 Mar 2018
10:00-13:00
Join the Area Rangers on a behind the scenes three mile walk/talk through the rolling countryside of the Demesne