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Francis Culling Carr-Gomm (25 January 1834 - 12 January 1919) was a colonial administrator in India, a barrister and a local politician in London.

Born as Francis Culling Carr, he was the second son of the Reverend Thomas William Carr, and was born in Teddington. He was educated in Cheam and at the Honourable East India Company's college in Haileybury, Hertfordshire.

He joined the Madras Civil Service and became District Judge of Tinnevelly, South India. He married Jeanie Elizabeth Chetwynd Francklyn at St George's Cathedral, Madras, in 1857 and they had four children before her death in 1869.

He returned to England, was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1869. In 1876 he married Emily Blanche Carr at St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico. She was the niece of Sir William Maynard Gomm, Constable of the Tower of London, who had died in 1875: from him she had inherited the Manor of Rotherhithe. As part of the process of becoming Lord of The Manor, Carr assumed the additional surname of Gomm, to become Carr-Gomm by royal licence on 9 March 1878. The couple had four children.

As well as his London properties, Carr-Gomm had estates in Buckinghamshire, and was a justice of the peace of that county and High Sheriff for 1894.

He was Honorary Colonel of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), later the 22nd London Regiment, a Bermondsey-based infantry unit.

When the first London County Council was elected in 1889, Carr-Gomm became a Progressive Party councillor representing Southwark (Rotherhithe). He served a single three-year term on the county council. He was also chairman of the London Hospital.

Author of Handbook of the administrations of Great Britain during the nineteenth century, 1801-1900.

He died at his Buckinghamshire home aged 85.

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