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 captain in the French army, like so many Swiss young men.

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