E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The men of Kent are born with tails, as a punishment for the murder of Thomas à Becket. (Lambert: Peramb.) (See the Spectator, 173.)
For Beckets sake, Kent always shall have tails.
Tails. It is said that the Ghilane race, which number between 30,000 and 40,000, and dwell far beyond the Sennaar, have tails three or four inches long. Colonel du Corret tells us he carefully examined one of this race named Bellal, the slave of an emir in Mecca, whose house he frequented. (World of Wonders, p. 206.)
The Niam-niams of Africa are tailed, so we are told.