About Claude de Rye de la Palud, Baron of Valançon
Claude de Rye de la Palud, Baron of Valançon (Bouligneux, Bresse, c. 1576 — Namur, 24-III-1648) was a General of the Artillery in Flanders under the service of Spain.
The second son of Philibert de Rye (1540–1597), count of Varax and of de La Roche-St. Hippolyte, baron of Balançon and of Romange, lord of Vuillefans, and of Claudine de Tournon-Roussillon, mistress of Vassoulieu.
Serving in a Burgundian regiment under the orders of his brother Christophe, he took part in the siege of Ostende (1601–1604) where he lost a leg in the 26th July 1601. Thereafter he was provided with a wooden leg.
On the 24th July 1602 his regiment was converted into a Tercio and he succeeded his brother as "maestre de campo" thus becoming, although with interruptions, the commander of that unit for the next 23 years.
In 1620 he participated in the invasion of the Palatinate and took part of the defence of Alzey (14-XI-1620), where his Burgundian Tercio managed to repel every enemy attack until being relieved by the count Hendrik van den Berg, Cavalry General in the Army of the Palatinate. He was also present at the Battle of Fleurus (29.VIII 1622), the siege of Berg-Op-Zoom and the siege of Breda (1624–25), city of which he became Governor until 1631.
That same year he was nominated Captain-General and Great Master of the Artillery in the Army of Flanders, substituting Hendrik van den Berg, now General of the Cavalry.
In 1635 he ravaged the French regions of Artoys and Picardie, using Croatian troops.
In 1636, with 2,000 horses and 10,000 infantry soldiers, he reppeled a Dutch force sent to storm Juliers and Cleves, thereafter relieving Schenck, besieged by the Dutch.
Claude kept his position in the Army until 1638, when he became a member of the War Council in Brussels. In 1645 he was designated to the post of Captain-General of Namur, living the last three years of his life in the castle of Namur.