The Castle of Middes was built in
1748-49 for Nicolas de Griset, who was the bailiff (officer magistrate) of the city of Bulle (Switzerland). Following the 1830 revolution in France, Madeleine
Sophie Barat, rejoined in Middes one of her religious sister who was taking refuge at the house of the Marquis Théodore de Nicolay. Madeleine Barat
first established the noviciate at Middes, then at the castle of Montet (Broye).
The Count of Boursetty lived in the castle in 1885 and later sold his half interest to Sir Richard de Samper in
1914. (www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/9062/brasey/boursetty.html). The de Boccard family installed electricity in the chateau and occupied it until
1903. The family of Jean-Marie Musy, ex-President of Switzerland, became owners
of the castle of Middes from 1920-1945.
Some of the inhabitants of the castle of Middes said that, during several years, they
observed a white figure surrounded by a halo of light and that it was walking alone in silence. From this moment the legend of the "White Lady of Middes" (La Dame
Blanche de Middes) began. Could this be the spirit of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat?