1) To ‘fine’ was to refine, particularly metals.

1371 et in fynyng de celvi petris de cineribus plumbi, York

1442 V skep carbonum pro fynnyng dicti plumbi, York. An Act of 1489 was concerned with ‘fynours and parters of golde and silver’ but an earlier example of the occupation occurs in a York by-name: 1443 Johannes Fynour, fynour.

spellings finer
places York
dates 1371 1442 1443

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