Dumfries-born Laurie was well-known through his many performances on stage, in films and on television. He was noted as a speaker of Scottish verse from all periods.
See his Wikipedia entry here.
The following tracks are from the 1959 LP record The Jupiter Book of Ballads [Jupiter Recordings Ltd. JUR 00A3].
Helen of Kirconnell
The Tay Bridge Disaster
By William McGonagall (b. 1830).