Nicholas Walmsley was a linen draper in Preston  with premises on the east side of the Market Place on a 1684 plan of the town.  He was a councilman at the 1682 guild, his son Nicholas was an in-burgess and his apprentice George Lamplugh was granted in-burgess status provided he served his time.  He was mayor in 1687 and 1695. 
 ‘QSJ/8/13/19 Preston. Thomas Martin, gent., “Undersherriffe.” Witnesses. Nicholas Walmsley, Linnendraper, and Christopher Nowell, Grocer’, Lancashire Archives Catalogue, 14 December 1679, http://archivecat.lancashire.gov.uk/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=Q%2fS%2fJ%2f8%2f13%2f19&pos=37.
 ‘Town Hall, Market Place East, St. John’s Wind, Lord Street, Church Street North’ (plan, Preston, 1684), DDX 194/2, Lancashire Archives.
 W. A. Abram, The Rolls of Burgesses at the Guilds Merchant of the Borough of Preston, Co. of Lancaster, 1397-1682 (Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1884), 160, 178, 200, https://archive.org/details/rollsburgessesa00langoog.
 Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Preston (Rochdale: The Aldine Press, 1900), 79.