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Alloa was, as we know, one of the great centres of Scottish brewing. Did they have coal there? This quote answers the question:

"Alloa is a sea-port, and much known for its many whisky-distilleries, ale-breweries, collieries, and glasshouses."
"Caledonian sketches" by Sir John Carr, 1809, page 246.
That's pretty clear. And note the early date: 1809.

Would they have used peat in malting with collieries ofn their doorstep? Of course they boody wouldn't.

Just wait until I get started on malting in Scotland.