Here are records of "gatewaiters" in the 17th century as well as what appear to be Waits as we understand them.
ROLL 63 - 1689
Box 1. Roll 63 Michaelmas Leet 5th October 1689
Market Street John Dicconson
Wallgate Lionel Ormishaw
Hallgate Thomas Battersby
Scoles Thomas Sumner
Standishgate Richard Prescott
Millgate James Edge
Woodhouses Samuel Tyrer
Box 1. Roll 63 Michaelmas 1689
Complaint of Ralph Layland, Thomas Leyland, Andrew Barron and Peter Turit alias Bavington who had been waits for many years, that John Holecroft tailor "a disorderly and ungovernable Fellow. the last winter tooke upon himselfe of his owne accord to goe in the night Season therron part of this Towne as waites and greatly disturbed the Inhabitants thereof" Asked that Holecroft might be suppressed. "We the Jury do Quash this Petition" [that they might continue as waits]
ROLL 1 - Miscellaneous Years 1626-1724
COURT LEET ROLL 1
MISCELLANEOUS YEARS 1626-1724
Standishgate William Scott the Elder
William Scott the Younger
Millgate Robert Foster
Scoles Robert Langshawe
Court Leet [undated]
Robert Baron, Roger Leatherbarrow & Alexander
Rydeing for neglecting their office of gatewaiter.
f51d Court Leet 1637.
Robert Almond labourer, for abusing Richard
Ascroft late gatewaiter of Hallgate.
Elections of Offices undated
Marketstreet John Buckley
Standishgate Thomas Blackhurst
Scoles Richard Daniell
Wallgate Thomas Mort Senior
Hallgate George Shawe
Woodhouses Thomas Taylor
f72 Petition of William Parsone, John Hodgson & Robert
Parson, 2Oct 1698 to be reappointed as Waits -
Registered Charity Number 1127315.