X:1 T:Grogg M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Robert Ross – Choice Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances B:& Strathspeys (Edinburgh, 1780, p. 2) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A e|(ag).a (ece)|(ef).e Tc2e|(ea).e c2e|fBB B2e| (ag).a (ece)|(ef)e Tc2e|(eae) Tc2f|eAA A2:| |:a|A2(e e)ce|(ef).e Tc2e|A2e Tc2e|fBB B2a| A2(e e)ce|(ef).e Tc2e|(eae) c2f|eAA A2:|]
GROGG. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing in Robert Ross's 1780 collection (p. 2). The term 'grog', referring to an alcoholic drink, stems from the British navy of the mid-18th century. Admiral Vernon, who was called "Old Grog" after the stiff wool grogram coats he wore, decided to water down the Navy's rum, a turn of events not at all pleasing to the average Jack Tar, who began to refer to the diluted drink as 'grog' after the responsible admiral. One who managed to get drunk on the concoction became 'groggy.'