Within days a court was convened to discover who was at fault for the fire. Three men were found guilty of neglect of duty: the fire marshal, Sven Lindberg; and the two soldiers on fire watch, Mattias Hanson and Anders Andersson (who was away from his post running an errand for Lindberg’s wife). Initially, Lindberg and Hanson received the death sentence, but the king commuted this sentence to running the gauntlet seven times followed by six years hard labour. Andersson ran the gauntlet five times. Lindberg died from the wounds he received from running the gauntlet, which involved running between two rows of soldiers who rained blows upon the guilty party.
To find out more about this subject see ‘The Stockholm Castle fire of 1697’ at the web site dedicated History of the Codex Gigas (a historical copy of the Bible).