1) To ‘affeer’ was to fix the amount of a fine or an amercement, and the word was much used in manor court proceedings.

In c.1432, diverse persones wer afferyd, that is fined, but they failed to pay thaire afferaunce, York. Those who carried out the task were affeerors, as in Thomas Markynfeld’s court at Scruton in 1542. Note: 1711 Fines are assessed by the steward or clerk, assisted by two of the homage called ‘fearers’ or ‘fearors’, Scalm Park: at Scalm Park the Lammas Court was called the ‘fearing court’.

spellings affeerance affeeror fearer
dates 1432 1542 1711

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