Mount Stewart and its Matriarchs

There can be few historic houses in the British Isles whose history was so definitely and continually shaped by the women of the family. Find out just how important these women were and the importance they would play throughout the centuries at Mount Stewart.

Mary Cowan

Mary Cowan

Discover how Mary Cowan's influence helped raise the Stewart family from merchant to marquess in only one generation.

Frances Anne Vane-Tempest by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1818

Frances Anne

Discover how Frances Anne, described as a woman of ‘exceptional capacity, energy and decision’ contributed to Mount Stewarts enlargement in the mid nineteenth century, and its’ financial stability until the mid-twentieth century.

Edith, Lady Londonderry

Edith, Lady Londonderry

Discover how Edith, Lady Londonderry gave life to Mount Stewart during the changing times of the twentieth century, when many of its counterparts were facing decline and destruction.