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MONARCH CLOG. American, Clog. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Al Smitley suggests it is just possible the tune may have been named for the ship-of-war Monarch, a name that appears in American Clipper Ships 1833-1858 by Howe and Matthews. However, it is more probable the title is simply one of the superlatives affixed to many aspects of the 19th century stage in an attempt to aggrandize the melody (and the performance). In fact, the melody sounds characteristic of 1870's or 1880's stage clogs.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 118. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 155.