Adamson has written on French history, and histories of the City of London, a ducal family, travel, finance, and art. He also wrote about the novels of Honoré de Balzac. He has translated many short stories of Guy de Maupassant into English words.
2012-13 Donald Adamson was Master of the Curriers’ Company, a London Livery Company. He established a Curriers' Co. biennial award for graduates of British universities to write an essay on the history of London, as well as sixteen annual prizes in mathematics and history for pupils aged 14 to 15 at four London Academies.
Fellowships and honours
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
- Chevalier, Ordre des Palmes académiques
- Knight of Justice, Order of St John of Jerusalem
- Service Medal, Order of St John (with Bar)
- Cross of Merit, Order Pro Merito Melitensi
- Donald Adamson, Blaise Pascal: Mathematician, Physicist, and Thinker about God, 1995, pp. 143-160.
- Donald Adamson, The Curriers' Company: A Modern History, 2000.
- Donald Adamson, The House of Nell Gwyn: The Fortunes of the Beauclerk Family, 1670-1974, 1974.
- Rides Round Britain: The Travel Journals of John Byng, 1996.
- 'Child's Bank and Oxford University in the Eighteenth Century', The Three Banks Review, December 1982, pp. 45-52.
- e.g., Donald Adamson, Balzac: Illusions perdues, 1981.
- Guy de Maupassant, Bed 29 and Other Stories, 1993.
- Hansard, Expenditure Committee, Third Report, Session 1977-78, pp. 128-136, 30 November 1977.
- The London Gazette, 22 July 1998, p. 7984, col. 1.