Title in succession: 8th
Date created: 1745
Grant by: Grand Master Pinto
Granted To: Pietro Gaetano Perdicomati-Bologna
Remainder to: his descendants and successors to the Catena Estates in
Present Holder: Henry Charles Hornyold-Strickland (UK)
Note: Count of Catena was annexed to the grantee's estates, where this
title may not only be inherited by the
Counts first son, but also by a stranger who may come to own the Catena
Further notes: U.K
Pietro Gaetano Perdicomati Bologna 1st Count della Catena
Robert Hornyold-Strickland (taken from the Times of Malta
comparing a statue he donated)
The title of ‘Count of Catena’ was annexed to the
grantee’s estate which was raised to the dignity of a feudal
tenure. This title may be inherited not only by the first count’s
descendants but also by any stranger in blood who may come to own
the Catena estates.
Inheritance to this title was also closely
linked to the inheritance of the primogeniture
The title was granted to Pietro Gaetano Perdicomati-Bologna, a Syracusean Patrician by
Grand Master Pinto
de Fonseca on the year of 1745, with remainder to his descendants
and successors to the Catena estates in perpetuity
Pinto's Grand Mastership, Niccolo Bologno, Count of Catena,
was appointed ambassador to Licata and Procurator of Wheat in
1758. In June that year, the Count and his family left for Sicily
and then returned to Malta two years later when his term of
Nicola Bologna who in 1745 made a marriage contract
with Maria Theresia Grech, daughter of Fabritio Grech, a noted
lawyer and legal advisor to the Grand Master Pinto. Some of
Nicola's family considered a marriage to a
daughter of a lawyer
to be a mesalliance, and complained that the Grech family were no
more than upstarts who did not even have a descent residence. The
snubbed lawyer ordered the building of a magnificent residence
Attard, today know as Villa Bologna. Upon its completion it
was given to his daughter as a wedding present.
in the Perdicomati-Bologna’s family, came to an end , after
the 4th Countess death.
Maria Angelica Perdicomati-Bologna, the 4th Countess , was married to
Paolo Sceberras dei Baroni Castel Cicciano, and was succeeded by
their eldest surviving son, Sir Nicola Sceberras-Bologna K.C.M.G., Becoming the 5th
Count, though dying without an heir in
Upon the 5th Counts death in 1875 a protracted law
suit ensued between Felicissmo Apap-Bologna and Luisa
Bonici-Mompalao for and behalf of her son.
The title of Count of
Catena was tied to the Bologna estates “Primogeniture” and
estates and as Felicissmo was the first born male he claimed
the primogeniture estates and title. His claim was upheld twice
by the Maltese Courts but this decision was overruled by the
privy Council on 6-2-1882 who awarded everything to Luisa’s son
Sir Gerald Strickland G.C.M.G, the 6th Count of
Catena, who succeeded by decision of H.M Privy Council on the 6th
of February 1882, was a Barrister at Law at Inner Temple, a Major
in the Royal Malta Militia, Chief secretary to the Governor of
Malta 1889-1902, Governor of Leeward Islands 1902-04, of Tasmania 1904-09, of Western Australia 1909-1913,
and of New South
Wales 1913-17, Norfolk Island 1913. (There is more information
Leader of the
Opposition of Government in Malta 1921-27, Head of Ministry for
Police and Justice 1927-32, member of the Senate and leader of
the opposition in Malta 1933.
One of the oldest Noble known
names in England , the name Strickland comes from an area known as Westmorland
which had the name Stricaland or Stirkeland. The oldest name was "de
Stirkeland", and was later written as Strykland or Strikland and even
Sterkeland. There is information that goes back to 1066 when the family was well
accepted into the annals of history as followers of the christian faith, at
times persecuted for their beliefs.
Founder of the
Allied Malta Newspapers Ltd, Establised cotton and
sugar factories in the Leeward Islands, Created C.M.G 1889,
K.C.M.G 1897, G.C.M.G 1913 and raised to the peerage of the
United Kingdom as Baron Strickland of
Lord Gerald Strickland Gerald Strickland, Count della
Catena, the son of Walter Strickland and Louisa Bonnici Mompalao, was
born in Valletta in 1861 and pursued his studies in Malta, England and
Italy. In 1887 was elected to the Council of Government, and in the
following year he was appointed Chief Secretary, a post which he held
till 1902 when he was nominated Governor of the Leeward Island (1902 -
1904). He was also Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia
In 1917 Count Strickland returned to Malta and after the
grant of Self Government, formed the Anglo-Maltese Party, which soon
afterward amalgamated with the Maltese Constitutional and became the
Constitutional Party under his leadership. As such , Strickland was the
leader of the Opposition between 1921 - 1927.
Most Noble Margaret Lady Strickland, Baroness of Sizergh and
Countess Bologna della Catena
After the 1927
elections, Strickland, whose party together with the Labour Party had a
majority in the Legislative Assembly, became Head of Ministry. The most
important events of his administration were without any doubt his clash
with the Senate, which led to the issue of Letters Patent which
curtailed its powers, and his concurrent clash with the Ecclesiastical
Authorities which led to the suspension of the Constitution in
Between July 1932 and November 1933, Lord Strickland was again
the leader of the Opposition, and was again the leader of the
Opposition, and after the grant of a new Constitution in1939, he became
the leader of the
elected majority in the Council of
Lord Strickland died at his residence at Casa Attard on 22
August 1940 and was buried in the family chapel at the Cathedral Church
Married firstly to Lady Edeline Sackville-West, the
daughter of the 7th Earl de la Warr, and had surviving issues ,
with no sons.
Married secondly to Margaret Hulton, with no issue
from this marriage.
Lord Strickland, becoming the only Maltese
to be created a Title in the United Kingdom, though the title
becoming Extinct on his death in 1940.
Lord Strickland was a man of
great Honour and much loved by all, who
His successor was his grandson, from
Lord Gerald’s eldest daughter, Hon Mary Constance Strickland and
Henry dei Marchese Hornyold-Gandolfi.
Thomas Henry Hornyold-Strickland , succeeded as the 7th Count of Catena, dying
in 1983, succeeded by his son, the present Holder of the
Henry Charles Hornyold-Strickland , the 8th Count lives in
England, and is a Consultant Manager , and has two
A short Family tree of the Counts of
1. Sir Nicola Sceberras Bologna KCMG (died 1875),
5th Count of Catena, married 1830 to Maria Antonia Montalto de
Riberia, and dsp.
2. Maria Teresa Sceberras Bologna , married 1830 to Chev. P.P. Bonici Mompalao
2.1. Luisa Bonici Mompalao (c
1833-1907), married 1858 to Cmdr Walter Strickland
Gerald Strickland GCMG (c 1861-1940) 6th Count of Catena,
Strickland of Sizergh, married firstly 1890 to Lady Edeline
Sackville West, married secondly 1926 to Margaret Hulton
188.8.131.52. (first marriage) Hon Mary Constance Strickland (c
1896-1970), married 1920 to Henry dei Marchese Hornyold
184.108.40.206.1. Henry Hornyold Strickland (c 1921-83), 7th Count of
Catena, married 1951 to Angela Englehart
Hornyold Strickland (c 1951-, 8th Count of Catena, married 1979
to Claudine Poumirau
220.127.116.11.1.1.1. Hugo Hornyold Strickland, Contino
della Catena (c 1979-
18.104.22.168.1.1.2. Thomas Hornyold Strickland (c
22.214.171.124.1.2. Robert Hornyold Strickland (c 1954-, married 1983 to
126.96.36.199.1.2.1. Francis Hornyold Strickland (c
188.8.131.52.1.2.2. Rollo Michael Hornyold Strickland (c
184.108.40.206.1.2.3. Zoe Clementina Hornyold Strickland (c
220.127.116.11.1.3. John Hornyold Strickland (c 1956-
Edward Hornyold Strickland (c 1960-
18.104.22.168.1.5. Clare Hornyold
Strickland (c 1953-, married 1981 to
22.214.171.124.1.6. Alice Hornyold Strickland (c
1959-, married 1988 to Charles Loftie
Loftie (c 1991-
126.96.36.199.1.6.2. Eleanor Loftie (c 1992-
Edeline Hornyold Strickland (c 1922-81), married Norman
188.8.131.52.2.1 Michael Coppock (c 1949-, married 1975 to Susan
184.108.40.206.2.1.1.. David Coppock (c 1978-
Coppock (c 1983-
220.127.116.11.2.1.3. Sarah Coppock (c 1976-
Cecilia Strickland (c 1897-1982), married 1927 to Capt Edmund de
18.104.22.168.1. Gerald de Trafford (c 1929-, married 1971 to
22.214.171.124.1.1. Jasper Peter de Trafford (c
126.96.36.199.1.2. Aloisea Cecilia de Trafford (c 1973-
Anthony de Trafford (c 1935-, married 1966 to Gabrielle
188.8.131.52.3. Hubert de Trafford (c 1937-93), married Firstly 1966
to Christine Sydney Adams, secondly 1975 to Mary
184.108.40.206.3.1. (first marriage) Rachel de Trafford (c 1967-,
married 1991 to Bengt Sjobert
220.127.116.11.3.1.1. Rebecca Sjobert
18.104.22.168.3.2. Martha de Trafford (c 1969-
(second marriage) John de Trafford (c 1976-
22.214.171.124.3.4. George de
Trafford (c 1980-
126.96.36.199.3.5. Fleur Cecilia de Trafford (c
188.8.131.52.4. Margaret de Trafford (c 1928-, married 1952 to Cdr
184.108.40.206.4.1. Hugh Faulkner (c 1953-, married
1992 to Hon Sarah Wedderburn
220.127.116.11.4.1.1. Lucy Faulkner
18.104.22.168.4.2. Mark Faulkner (c 1955-, married 1979 to Hon
22.214.171.124.4.2.1. James Faulkner
126.96.36.199.4.2.2. Alexander Faulkner (c1987-
Patrick Faulkner (c 1992-
188.8.131.52.4.3. Rosalind Faulkner (c 1959-,
married 1986 Francis Willis
184.108.40.206.4.3.1. Francis Willis (c
220.127.116.11.4.3.2. Robert Willis (c 1991-
Willis (c 1993-
18.104.22.168.4.4. Catherine Faulkner (c 1961-, married 1984
to Andrew Scott
22.214.171.124.4.4.1. Rory David Scott (c
126.96.36.199.4.4.2. Alice Scott (c 1989-
188.8.131.52. Hon Mabel
Strickland OBE (c 1899-1988), dunm.
184.108.40.206. Hon Dr Constance
Strickland LMSSA (c 1912-79), dunm.
220.127.116.11. Hon Henrietta Strickland
(c 1903-, married 1922 to Cmdr Robert Bower RN
Marianna Laetita Bower , married 1950 to Gilbert Monkton CB, OBE, MC, 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Christopher Monckton MA, (c 1952-, married 1990 to Juliet Mary
18.104.22.168.1.2. Hon Timothy Monckton (c 1955-, married 1984 to
22.214.171.124.1.2.1. Dominic Monckton (c
126.96.36.199.1.2.2. James Monckton (c 1988-
Monckton (c 1992-
188.8.131.52.1.3. Hon Jonathan Monckton (c 1955-, married
Carinda Therese Beeson
184.108.40.206.1.4. Hon Anthony Monkton (c 1960-,
married 1985 Philippa Wingsfield
220.127.116.11.1.4.1. Edward Monckton (c
18.104.22.168.1.4.2. Camilla Monckton (c 1989-
Rosalind Monckton (c 1953-, married Hon Dominic Lawson
Savannah Lawson (c 1992-
22.214.171.124.1.5.2. Domenica Lawson (c 1995-
(God-daughter of the Late HRH, Princess Diane, Princess of
126.96.36.199.2. Paul Bower
188.8.131.52.3. Veronica Bower
Rev. Joseph Strickland (c 1864-92)
2.1.3. Charles Strickland Bologna (c
1867-, married Caroline Naudis
184.108.40.206. Roger Strickland Bologna MP,
married and Melita Amato, and dsp.
220.127.116.11. Gerald Strickland Bologna,
18.104.22.168.1. Capt. Adrian Strickland Bologna, married Jacqueline
22.214.171.124.1.1. Lara Strickland Bologna, married Julien Bugeja
Viani dei Baroni di Tabria
126.96.36.199.1.2. Gerald Strickland
188.8.131.52.2. Roger Strickland Bologna,
married NN Micelo Demajo
184.108.40.206.2.1. Roger Strickland Bologna,
220.127.116.11.3. Gerald Strickland,
18.104.22.168. Kitty Strickland Bologna,
married George Jackson, with issue
22.214.171.124. Mary Strickland Bologna,
married NN di Rienzo, with issue
2.1.4. Paul Strickland ( 1862-
Maria Sceberras Bologna , married 1829 to Dr Filippo Apap LLD,
Marchese di Gnien is Sultan (see descendants in Table
4. Aloisea Sceberras Bologna , married 1826 to Gilbert Testaferrata
5th Baron di Tabria (see descendants in Table
*10 The Strickland Family Tree:
Adam De Strykelonde (1066-1160) Went to England from Normandy with William the Conqueror
in 1066, and married a girl from the Sir Roger de Furness family
2. Adam De Stirkeland (1100-1160)
3. Sir Walter De Stirkeland (1151-1160) born 1151 and married to Cristina Fitz
Renfried, was Judge of Appleby.
4. Adam De Sterkeland, was given as hostage to King John to assure peace from
Gilbert, the son of Roger Fitz Renfried
5. Sir Robert De Stirkeland, (1191-1275) married to Alice del Howes
6. Sir William De Stirkeland (1219-1300) son of Robert and married to Elizabeth
7. Sir Walter De Stirkeland (1255-1344) married to Eleonora de Galdington,
William's daughter and had fought with Edward 1 at the battle of Carlaverock in
8. Sir Thomas De Stirkeland 1300-1377, married Cecilia de Welles. His daughter
Catherine married John de Ross of Kendle castle, and his niece Elisabeth married
William du Parr knight of Kendal castle and is related to the Queen Catherine
9. Sir Walter De Stirkeland 1346-1406, married Margaret de Lathorn and later to
10.Sir Thomas De Stirkeland 1382-1453, married to Mabel de Bethon in 1405,
decorated for the battle of Agincourt.
11. Walter Strickland Esq, 1406-1465, married to Dance daughter of Sir Nicholas
de Croft in 1426, was in charge of the royal gardens of Calgarth.
Thomas Strickland, 1440-1495, married to Agnes Parr
13. Sir Walter Strickland, 1460-1506, married to Elisabeth Pennington
14. Sir Walter Strickland, 1497-1528, married the daughter of Richard Redman but
later remarried Catherine Neville.
15. Walter Strickland, 1518-1528, son and heir of Sir Thomas of Sizergh, married
to Alice Tempest
16. Sir Thomas Strickland, 1557-1617, married to Margaret Curwen of Workington,
was knighted in the Order of the Bath of James 1, and represented his kinship of
Westmorland in Parliament
17. Colonel Sir Robert Strickland, 1600-1670, married Margaret heir of Sir
William Alford of Bylton. Commanded the militia of King Charles 1 and received
commission to command the Cavalry in the battle of Edgebth.
18. Right Honorable Sir Thomas Strickland, 1621-1694, married at age 53 to
Winifred daughter of Sir Christopher Trentham of Rochester, King Charles
knighted him, after the battle of Edgehill and represented Westmorland
Parliament in 1661 and was forced to resign in 1676 due to his religious belief
in the Catholic Church. Was privy councillor in the court of St.James II who
followed him to France after being thrown out of England. His third son Roger
was a page of Prince Conde' and his fourth son Thomas became Archbishop of Namur
and was sent as representative and Ambassador to the UK.
19. Walter Strickland 1675-1714, married to Anne Salvin and from here the three
family lines were generated.
i) Walter Gerald Strickland ii)Henry Noailles Widdrington Standish iii) Lord
Strickland) Jarrad Strickland, married Mary Bagnall
21 Jarrad Edward Strickland, 1741-1795 married to Cecilia daughter of William
Townley heir to Ralph Standish and Lady Phillipa Howard
22. Jarrad Edward Strickland, 1782-1844, son of Jarrad Edward was Captain in the
Indiana Cavalry and fell prisoner to the French and married Anne Chalmely.
23. Captain Walter Strickland, R.N 1824-1867, son of Jarrad Edward, married in
1858 to Louisa daughter of Chev. Pietru Paul Bonnici Mompalao heir to Sir
Nicholas Sciberras Bologna Conti della Catena title granted by Grandmaster Pinto
in 1745, with the motto "Sans Mal". Walter had a friend Roger
Tickbourne who was aboard a vessel named "Bella" that sank. There were
no survivors but a few years later in Australia there was a person claiming to
be Roger and that he survived and his mother accepted him. But one of the heirs
refused to accept him, and the case was born known as "the Tickbourne
Case" which cost 200,000 pounds in 1867. The impersonator was Arthur
Orton, and Walter was a witness in the case, but before he had time to be put on
the stand he died suddenly in Stoneyhurst where a statue was made for him by the
Jesuits and his wife claimed that he was poisoned as he knew this Arthur was not
the real Tickbourne. He had four children, Gerald, Paul (a lawyer), (Walter who
died young) Joseph a Jesuit priest and Charles.
24. Lord Strickland of Sizergh, 1861- 1940 Lord
Gerald Strickland was born in Valletta on 24th May 1861, son of Walter
Strickland and Louisa Bonici Mompalao. Gerald studied in Malta, Britain and
Italy. He began to take an active part in Maltese politics at an early
age and won the warm praise of Dr. Fortunato Mizzi, whom he even accompanied to
London to submit a scheme for a legislative assembly. The result was that the
new Constitution of December 1887 was largely based on the joint Strickland-Mizzi
proposals. In 1887, at the age of 28, he was elected to the Council of
Government as representative of the nobility and land proprietors. In 1888 he
was nominated Principal Government Secretary, a position he held until 1902.
Strickland was created a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in
1889, for rendering invaluable services during a severe cholera epidemic. He was
Governor of the Leeward Islands in the West Indies (1902-04), Tasmania (1904-9),
West Australia (1909-12) and New South Wales (1912-17). On returning to Malta
after the grant of self government, Strickland founded the Anglo-Maltese Party
in 1921 and after a few months it merged with the Maltese Constitutional Party
forming the CP under his leadership. He was Leader of the Opposition (1921-27).
In 1924, Lord Strickland won the sear for Lancaster for the Conservatives in the
House of Commons. After the 1927 elections, following the so called
"compact" alliance with the Labour Party, he had a majority in the
Legislative Assembly and became Head of Ministry (the fourth Prime Minister
between August 1927 and June 1930). In 1928 he was elevated to the peerage. One
of the most important projects of his government was the commencement of
building works for St. Luke's Hospital. During his administration Lord
Strickland clashed with the Senate leading to the issue of Letters Patent which
curtailed its powers. Concurrently he clashed with the ecclesiastical
authorities which led to the suspension of the Constitution in 1930. Between
July 1932 and November 1933 he was once again Leader of the Opposition and in
1939, after the grant of the new Constitution he became the leader of the
elected majority in the Council of Government. He was an owner and director of
Progress Printing Company and The Times of Malta. In 1890 Lord Strickland
married Lady Edeline Sackville and they had eight children. In 1926 Gerald
Strickland re-married Margarete Hulton. He died at his residence in Villa
Bologna, Attard and is buried in the family chapel at the Mdina Cathedral.
Strickland Historical accounts [*11 ]
the 1930 general election campaign, Malta’s Prime Minister, Lord Strickland,
was at loggerheads with the ecclesiastical authorities. On May 1 the Archbishop
of Malta, Dom Maurus Caruana, and the Bishop of Gozo, Mgr Michael Gonzi, issued
a joint pastoral letter declaring that it would be a mortal sin to vote for
Strickland and his candidates, and for those who support him or his party. On
April 17 the Governor, General Sir John Du Cane, had dissolved the Legislative
On Friday, May 23, Lord Strickland went to the Auberge d’Auvergne in
Kingsway, Valletta, which then housed the law courts, to attend a sitting of the
Court of Appeal, which was hearing a case about the electoral law. While
Strickland was walking along one of the corridors of the law courts, three shots
were fired, allegedly at Strickland.
The shots had gone astray. The bullets hit a wall and the ceiling and had
remained lodged there. Strickland took the matter calmly and went inside the
courtroom to read his morning paper.
Police Sergeant Duminku Depares and Constables Giuliano Caruana and George
Vella, who were near Lord Strickland, intervened, and the gunman, 43-year-old
Ġanni Miller, was apprehended and disarmed.
The news of the assassination attempt caused an enormous commotion and
quickly spread throughout Valletta.
In a matter of minutes a crowd rushed to the law courts and when it was
learned that Strickland was unhurt a section of the crowd began shouting “Long
live Strickland and down with Mizzi”, referring to Nerik Mizzi, the co-leader
of the Nationalist Party and Strickland’s political opponent.
However, when Dr Mizzi heard what had happened he sent Strickland a message
of sympathy, strongly condemning the attempt. As a gesture of goodwill,
Strickland, accompanied by his daughter Mabel, visited the Nationalist Party
printing press in South Street to thank Dr Mizzi personally.
Strickland received many messages of support, foremost among them those from
King George V and Archbishop Caruana and Bishop Gonzi.
Ironically, about three years earlier, Miller, who at that time was serving a
15-year prison sentence for inciting soldiers to lay down their arms during
the1919 riots, had petitioned the Governor for an amnesty. The prison sentence
was reduced, and when Strickland came to power in 1927 Miller was released from
Meanwhile, some weeks prior to the assassination attempt, Miller was accused
of threatening Dr John Bugeja and Tancred Borg of the Constitutional Party.
These events led the court to appoint Professor Edgar Ferro and two other
doctors to draw up a report about Miller’s mental health; the court experts
reported that Miller was of sound mind.
When on May 27, 1930, Magistrate E. Bartoli started hearing evidence about
the assassination attempt, the prosecution, led by Superintendent Alfred Borg,
who had been with Strickland at the time of the shooting, and legal procurator
Augusto German requested the court to continue hearing the evidence behind
closed doors on the grounds that the attempt was part of a conspiracy.
Legal procurator Bertu Mizzi objected, but the court upheld the
prosecution’s request. Dr Mizzi was assisting defence counsel Carmelo Mifsud
Bonnici, popularly known as Il-Gross, who was not present in court when the
magistrate gave his ruling.
Soon after Miller’s attempt on Lord Strickland, it was alleged that Police
Inspector Carol Saliba had produced a paid informant, Toni Bugeja, from
Marsaxlokk, to make a sworn statement to the effect that some time before the
assassination attempt, he (Bugeja) had been encouraged by Dr Mifsud Bonnici to
try to kill Lord Strickland.
The affidavit was sworn on June 17, 1930, but Inspector Saliba denied the
allegation that he had in any way incited Bugeja. Dr Mifsud Bonnici also denied
the allegation in his regard.
Miller’s trial by jury opened on November 18, 1930 and Giuseppe Mifsud, a
witness for the prosecution, testified that the accused used to grumble against
Strickland because he had lost his licence as a lotto receiver during
Strickland’s administration. Another witness testified that the accused was
promised a job at the Central Hospital and blamed Strickland when he did not get
Moreover, Borg testified that some hours before the assassination attempt
Miller had told him that Strickland’s life was in danger. It also transpired
that Miller had purchased the gun and 25 rounds of ammunition one or two days
before the assassination attempt.
The defence argued that the accused had not aimed at Strickland and that the
experts appointed by the court had confirmed that the gun was pointed upwards
when it was fired.
By eight votes to one the jurors found Miller guilty of attempted homicide;
he was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment.
A few days after the assassination attempt, the May 28 edition of Il
Progress, the organ of the Constitutional Party, reported that five months
before the attempt on Strickland’s life, some had started conspiring against
Strickland after a certain individual, referred to as Mr X, had returned to
Malta from Egypt.
Il Progress alleged that Mr X had met a person who ran a grocery shop in St
Ursula Street, and persuaded him to kill Lord Strickland and his deputy, Sir
Augustus Bartolo, the education minister.
It was also alleged that Mr X promised the grocer that if caught after the
murders he would be sent to the mental hospital and eventually released when the
Nationalist Party returned to power.
The Nationalist Party denied the allegations and challenged the editor of Il
Progress to divulge the names of Mr X and the grocer, but the names were never
Three years after Strickland’s assassination attempt, Inspector Saliba’s
name was once again mentioned when the Police Commissioner informed the then
Nationalist Minister of Police that he was holding a special inquiry as he had
received information that during the previous Strickland administration
Inspector Saliba had offered to murder Lord Strickland, when on or about June 1,
1930, he broached this idea to legal procurator Bertu Mizzi, at the time a
Nationalist member of the Legislative Assembly.
When disciplinary proceedings were instituted against Inspector, Mizzi
testified that Saliba had approached him and hinted that he could arrange to
eliminate Strickland for £20.
Mizzi described Saliba as an opportunist who tried to be on good terms
with the political party in power in order to achieve his ambitions.
Saliba flatly denied ever making such a statement to his accuser and
produced a large number of witnesses to put Mizzi in a bad light.
In his report the Police Commissioner concluded that Saliba had actually
made the statement but “it was nothing more than a piece of bluff”.
The findings of the inquiry were submitted to Governor Sir David
Campbell, who five months later informed the commissioner that, after
careful consideration, he had come to the conclusion that the charge against
Inspector Saliba was not proven and it should be dismissed.
The Governor also directed that Saliba should be given a serious warning
which should be noted in his record of service.
Strickland’s assassination attempt had also been mentioned at the time
in the House of Lords.
During question time on November 7, 1934, the Under Secretary of State
for the Colonies, Earl Plymouth, said there was no proof that the attempt
was part of a conspiracy to eliminate Lord Strickland.
Asked about the special remission of 15 years from Miller’s 1919 prison
sentence, Earl Plymouth replied that the Governor of Malta had acted on the
recommendation on the Maltese minister responsible.
Strickland (was originally printed in the 30th August 1940
issue of the Catholic Herald).
Was Head of Maltese Ministry - Baron Gerald
Strickland, G.C.M.G., Count della Catena, died in Malta on August 22 at the age
Deeply mourned throughout the island Of
Malta by people who held him in esteem, and for whose cause he worked
indefatigably, Lord Strickland had the consolation of knowing that Maltese were
praying for him during his last hours. The funeral took place last Friday at the
family vault in Malta Cathedral.
He was born on the island in 1861, and was
the son of Captain Walter Strickland, R.N., and Louisa, only child of the
Chevalier Bonici Mompalao and heiress of Sir Nicholas Sceberras Bologna, K.C.M.G.
Lord Strickland was educated at Oscott, at the Mondragone College near Rome, at
Malta University, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained his
degrees of B.A. and LL.B., and where he was president of the University Union
Succeeding his maternal grand-uncle is
sixth Count della Catena In 1875, he travelled round the world in 1884 and
reported on Maltese migration to Australia. His services as Chairman of the
Cholera Committee gained for him the C.M.G. in 18R8, and from the following year
till 1902 he was Chief Secretary of Malta, being knighted five years after
relinquishing that post. He was Major of a Regiment he himself raised, known as
the Royal Maltese Regiment, and in this and other activities he proved his
unswerving loyalty to Britain, a characteristic of the deceased which at one
time in his public career unfortunately conflicted with his undeniable
devotedness to the interests of his Church, He held the Governorship of more
than one colony, that of the Leeward Islands, where he established central
factories for sugar and cotton, from 1902 to 1904; of Tasmania, from 1904 to
1909; of Western Australia, from 1909 to 1913; of Norfolk Islands, from then
till 1916; and of New South Wales, from 1911 to 1917,
DESCENDED FROM MARTYRS
In this country he represented Lancaster as
a Unionist in Parliament from 1924 to 1928, As member of the Malta Legislative
Assembly for Gozo, and leader of the Opposition to the Nationalist Government in
the Malta Parliament from 1921 to 1925, we see Lord Strickland more fully
identified with public affairs on his native island. He was appointed head of
the Ministry and Minister of Justice in 1927, and Senator and leader of the
Opposition in 1932. He became 1st Baron Strickland in 1928, and Lord of the
Manors of Sizergh and Natland, and it is interesting to recall that the College
of Arms returned him among the descendants of two English Martyrs, Lady Margaret
Plantagenet and Philip Howard.
In 1890 Lord Strickland married Lady
Edeline Sackville, daughter of the 7th Earl be La Warr, and who died in 1918,
leaving him five daughters. His second wife, whom he married in 1926, is
Margaret, the fourth daughter of the late Edward Hutton, of Manchester, and
sister of the late Sir Edward Hultort, Bt.
Lord Strickland in his 70's
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