Moggy on the Shore
X:1 T:Moggy on the Shore M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Kerr - Merry Melodies, vol. 4, No. 73 (c. 1880's) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D dDDF EDB,D|dDDf gfef|g2 (fg) edef|(dA) (3Bcd AFFA| DDDF EDB,D|dDDf gfef|fdeB dFEF|(3DED (DA,) (B,D) D2|| d2 (ef) gfeg|fdad bdad|gafg edef|dBAF (Ad) d2| d2 (ef) gfeg|fdad bdad|gafg edef|(dA) (3Bcd AFFA||
MOGGY ON THE SHORE. AKA and see "Over the Moor to Moggy." Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Moggy, as used in Britain, has referred to a common domesticated cat (of mixed ancestry, as most cats are), a mouse, a calf or cow and, in the 19th century, an untidily dressed woman or slattern (e.g. "She did look a moggy"). It seems to be a form of the name 'Maggie', the short form of Margaret.
Fr. John Quinn finds Irish versions of the tune as "Over the Moor to Moggy" in the 19th century music manuscript collections of Alex Sutherland and Terence Reilly.