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

Jazz in the Gardens

Sun 27 May 2018
14:00-16:30
Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.

Car Bazaar

Sat 02 Jun 2018
09:00-12:00
Come along and sell your unwanted items or browse around the many stalls and pick up a few treasures.

BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time Summer Garden Party

Sat 09 Jun 2018
11:00-12:00
BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time comes to Mount Stewart.

Fathers Day Fun

Sun 17 Jun 2018
11:00-16:00
Give dad a day to remember at Mount Stewart.

Creative Gardens: Writing Poetry at Mount Stewart

Wed 18 Jul 2018
18:00-20:00
Join Erin Halliday, award-winning poet and creative writing tutor, author of 'Chrysalis' and 'Pharmakon', for a six-week course writing poetry inspired by the history, family, collection, and grounds of Mount Stewart