Mr ADAMSON was born on 3 August 1911 at Arbroath, the son of Tom Adamson L.R.A.M., L.T.S.C., L.I.S.M., and of Florence Evaline Mary Barry. He was educated at Arbroath High School, Helensburgh Hermitage School and Dumbarton Academy. He Studied at Glasgow University and Trinity College from 1930 till 1936, and graduated M.A. (1933) and B.D. (1940). He gained the Gold Medal in Church History and the Dowanhill Preaching Prize. He held Student Assistantships at Old Kilpatrick (1931 – 1932), Clydebank St. James’ (1932-1934) and at New Kilpatrick (1934-1937).
In May 1936 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Dumbarton, and was ordained to Sanquhar, St. Ninians’s on 4 March 1937. During the period 1944-1947 he served in the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department, and on 25th June 1947 was inducted to Renfrew Trinity Church. There he remained until 25 August 1954 when he was translated to Rothesay High Kirk. On 4 February 1959 he was inducted to the historic charge of Inveresk, Musselburgh.
Mr. Adamson was a Member of the Institute of Welfare Officers, and for some time conducted correspondence training courses for Sunday School teachers.
On 13 July 1944 he married Margaret Tweddle Sharp, and they had one son Barry Richmond Gilmour.
He has published a volume entitled Two Centuries of Service.