William Hobson appears frequently in the Preston court leet records between February 1679 and October 1721 in which he is listed as a member of the council and often described as gentleman.  He claimed £5 for the damage Jacobites caused to his barn in 1715.  He makes regular appearances in the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries..
 ‘Preston Court Leet Proceedings’, 1673 to 1701, CNP/3/2/3, Lancashire Archives, c5110394.myzen.co.uk/mw/; ‘Preston Court Leet Proceedings’, 1701/2 to 1746, CNP/3/2/4, Lancashire Archives, c5110394.myzen.co.uk/mw/.
 J. Oates, The Last Battle on English Soil, Preston 1715 (Taylor & Francis, 2016), 223, https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=goG1CwAAQBAJ.