Clarke, Karen


Clarke, Karen

Qualified Genealogist & Local Historian

  • Buildings/Locations research, Communities research, Individuals/Families research
  • Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.
  • Updated 2 years ago


Karen is a Qualified Family and Local Historian based in Angus, Scotland. Karen specialises in Scottish Family History and has been working in the heritage field for the last ten years.

Karen has received an MLitt in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee and a BA in History from The Open University. For her Masters’ dissertation, Karen extensively researched crime in Scotland. Specifically the four high-profile Glasgow murders of the Square Mile of Murder. Karen looked at the role social class and respectability played in these homicides, and the impact the press coverage of the homicides had on the trials and families of those involved.

Karen is currently researching the life of Jessie McLachlan of the Square Mile and plans to write a book regarding not only the trial but the many issues surrounding it.

At present Karen works at Signal Tower Museum and has extensively researched the life of Scottish Light Keepers, the Bell Rock Lighthouse and the history of the Signal Tower in Arbroath.

Karen has made appearances in both TV documentaries and Radio regarding both the Square Mile and the Bell Rock Lighthouse.


  • Criminal History Research
  • History of Scottish Lightkeepers
  • House History
  • Palaeography
  • research
  • Scottish family history
  • Scottish History


  • 10 Nov 2022 - Present
    Archives & Local History Research Advisor at Angus Alive
  • 2019 - Nov 2022
    Visitor Assistant at Angusalive
    I currently work with Angusalive at Signal Tower Museum. Researching both the building and the lives of the Lightkeepers has been thoroughly enjoyable. Furthermore, I have researched various aspects of the history of Arbroath and Angus.
  • 2014 - 2019
    Research Volunteer at National Trust of Scotland
    Volunteering at Barry Mill to research the lives and histories of the millers & to inspect and investigate the wood engravings which have been left behind.


  • 2018 - 2021
    Mlitt Family & Local History at University of Dundee
  • 2011 - 2017
    BA History - Scottish History Pathway at The Open University


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