Le château de Cressier. Bild/Photo: TES.

The Castle of Cressier

Jacob Vallier (1555-1623) was born in Cressier in the county of Neuchatel. The French (royal) D’Orléans-Longueville dynasty ruled the county at this time. From 1585 to 1613 he took part as captain in the campaigns of the French King, like so many young men from this region and Switzerland.  He also worked at the French Embassy in Solothurn from.The French King Henri IV (1553-1610) granted him (French) titles of nobility and the Seigneurie of Saint-Aubin.  From 1596 until his death in 1623 he was Governor of the County. From 1610-1616 he built the castle of Cressier. The castle has been the property of the municipality of Cressier since 1859.