Miura Takahira


Miura Clan


Sagami Province

Lifespan:  14xx to Unknown

Rank:  bushi

Title:  Junior Assistant Head of the Board of Censors, Assistant Officer of Palace Repairs

Clan:  Ōgigayatsu-Uesugi → Sagami-Miura

Lord:  Uesugi Sadamasa

Father:  Uesugi Mochitomo

Adoptive Father:  Miura Tokitaka

Siblings:  Uesugi Akifusa, Takahira, sister (formal wife of Uesugi Noritada), Uesugi Sadamasa, Shukuhō Bonju, Uesugi Tomomasa, suister (formal wife of Kira Shigetaka), sister (formal wife of Ōishi Fusashige)

Wife:  [Formal] Daughter of Ōmori Ujiyori

Children:  Yoshiatsu, Yoshinori (Dōkō), Masaki Yoshitoki

Miura Takahira served as a bushi from the late Muromachi to Sengoku periods.

Takahira was born as the second son of Uesugi Mochitomo.  He was adopted by Miura Tokitaka, the military governor of Sagami Province.

In 1462, Takahira’s adoptive father, Tokitaka, took responsibility for Takahira’s natural father, Mochitomo, for discord associated with the Horigoe kubō by retiring, whereupon Takahira succeeded Tokitaka as the head of the clan.  Initially, Takahira supported his younger brother of a different mother, Uesugi Sadamasa.  In 1486, Sadamasa inherited the Ōgigayatsu-Uesugi family.  Sadamasa was wary of a senior retainer named Ōta Dōkan who achieved reknown for subduing Nagao Kageharu in an event known as the Revolt of Nagao Kageharu.  Sadamasa invited Dōkan to the Kasuya residence and assassinated him.  This triggered unrest among his retainers owing to the respect for Dōkan by those inside and outside the clan.  Takahira saw this as an opportunity so he transferred headship of the Miura clan to Yoshiatsu, returned to the service of the Ōgigayatsu-Uesugi family, and attempted to become its next head.  Upset at Takahira for these actions, Tokitaka joined with Sadamasa to oust Takahira and Yoshiatsu and reclaim their authority.  As a result, Takahira absconded to Awa Province while Yoshiatsu sought protection from Ōmori Ujiyori, his grandfather on his mother’s side of the family.

In 1494, Yoshiatsu took the headship of the Miura clan by force while Takahira served as his deputy.  The year of his demise is uncertain, but, based on assorted records, it is surmised that he died of illness after 1499.

During his later years, Takahira resided in Awa Province and, according to one theory, his descendants became the Awa-Masaki clan.