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

'The Mythologies of Me' Exhibition

Thu 23 Jan 2020
11:00-15:00
‘The Mythologies of Me’ is an installation of works by Acorn Women’s Group and Strangford Integrated College reflecting an expression of each individual’s life and personality – their personal mythology.

Have a go at: Hedgelaying

Sat 01 Feb 2020
10:00-15:00
Come and learn this traditional country skill at the picturesque village of Kearney.

Monthly Birdwatching

Sat 01 Feb 2020
10:30-12:00
Mount Stewart is an ornithologist's delight with a wide range of feathered friends calling it home throughout the year.

Tastings at the Temple – White Wine

Sat 29 Feb 2020
19:00-22:00
Enjoy an evening of fabulous company, white wine and a delicious menu, all in the stunning surroundings of the Temple of the Winds.

World Book Day Weekend

Sat 07 Mar 2020
11:00-15:00
Do you like jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig or do you dream of adventures like The Famous Five? We would love to discover your stories and characters at our World Book Day Weekend.

Mother's Day at Mount Stewart

Sat 21 Mar 2020
12:00-13:30
Treat your Mum to a day out with a scrumptious afternoon tea in the beautiful surrounds of Mount Stewart.