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. He served as a captain in the French army, like so many Swiss men.

He also worked at the French Embassy in Solothurn. 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. He built the castle in 1616. The castle is the property of the municipality of Cressier since 1859.