“The Unknown Hornpipe”
I got this one off a compilation of Northumbrian music ("Bonny North Tyne", perhaps..) and think it was down by the above title; at any rate, I don’t remember coming across a name for it. I think it was played on a piccolo or whistle (Billy Ballantine?), and it certainly makes a beautiful whistle tune.
I have ‘Bonny North Tyne’ - I must dig it out. But I don’t recognise this tune - I’m sure I would have remembered such a nice tune if it were on there.
“The Unknown Hornpipe” - It’s called “The Burn Deviot”
This tune is in "Northumbrian Pipers’ Second Tune Book" as "The Burn Deviot", written by George Hepple. I think he was a Northumberland fiddler.
The Burn Deviot Hornpipe
"Burn" is the word for "stream" in Northumberland, most of County Durham and throughout Scotland where the placenames are in English as opposed to Gaelic. (It comes from Anglo-Saxon; in other parts of Northern England where there was more Scandinavian settlement, the word used is "beck".) But one expects the particular name of the stream to precede the word - "Rowley Burn", e.g. If "The Burn Deviot" refers to a stream, the arrangement of the words is a usage I haven’t come across.
I have hand-written sheetmusic for this, and the version is a bit different to yours, Nicholas.
T: The Burn Deviot Hornpipe
B>c|(3d^cd b>f a>gd>B|c>GE>G B2A>G|F>GA>B d>Bg>B|A>df>e d>cB>c|
(3d^cd b>f a>gd>B|c>GE>G B2A>G|F>GA>B d>B (3cAF|G2B2 G2:|
|:A>B|(3cBc a>g b2a>f|(3gag B>e d2B>G|F>dE>c D>BA>G|E>GA>B d>cA>B|
(3cBc a>g b2a>f|(3gag B>e d2B>G|F>dE>c D>BA>F|G2B2 G2:|
Re: The Burn Deviot
I was just reading a book on Google Books, about the Roman Wall, and found a reference to a house called "Burn Deviot" (at https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=l7baCgAAQBAJ&pg=PT156&lpg=PT156&dq=deviot+burn&source=bl&ots=lbBeNkHXi5&sig=cpy5Z26H9j00hNQQfhO5ET-BPxo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj0_9fipdPZAhVNEVAKHag6AEkQ6AEIRjAF#v=onepage&q=deviot%20burn&f=false) - it talks about Caw Gap, and says "A road runs through this pass to the north, which soon becomes a mere track. It passes a solitary house, called Burn Deviot, nearly due north from the gap, which was long the resort of smugglers and sheep-stealers." It goes on to say that the house had been unoccupied for many years, though lights were said to be seen at the windows on dark nights, ‘visible tokens of the presence of the murdered children of Nell’s daughters’. There’s no publication date for the book itself, but it’s clearly old.