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 22 Nov 2018
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

Santa at Mount Stewart ***FULLY BOOKED***

Fri 30 Nov 2018
14:00-15:00
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Baby's First Christmas *FULLY BOOKED*

Fri 07 Dec 2018
12:00-14:00
A baby's first Christmas is very special, so why not treat the family to a delicious afternoon tea. Enjoy the festive fare and have time to take your own photos of your little one with Santa and Mrs Claus

New Year's Day Walk

Tue 01 Jan 2019
11:00-13:00
What better way to start 2019! Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk through the magical gardens at Mount Stewart. Led by one of our gardening experts the tour will include unique stories and unusual facts about these stunning gardens during winter.

World Book Day Weekend

Sat 02 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.