He made a special hobby of heraldry and genealogy.
P. PureyCust, York Minster (1897), Heraldry of York Minster (Leeds, 1890); B.
In heraldry, a bevel is an angular break in a line.
The reference to "tail" is either to the expression "turn tail" in flight, or to the habit of animals dropping the tail between the legs when frightened; in heraldry, a lion in this position is a "lion coward."
From 1659 to 1662 he visited the universities of Basel, Tubingen and Geneva, and commenced the study of heraldry, which he pursued throughout his life.