Yoshida Nagatoshi


Yoshida Clan

Chikuzen Province

Yoshida Nagatoshi

Lifespan:  Tenbun 16 (1547) to 9/22 of Genna 9 (1623)

Other Names:  Yotarō (childhood), Rokurō-dayū (common), Rokunosuke, Suian (monk’s name)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Iki

Clan:  Yashiro → Yoshida

Bakufu:  Edo

Domain:  Fukuoka

Lord:  Kuroda Mototaka → Kuroda Yoshitaka

Father:  Yashiro Michiyoshi

Mother:  Daughter of the Suda clan

Siblings:  Nagatoshi, 与三太夫, Rokurōemon, Kyūemon Toshinao, Rokurōzaemon Toshimasa, sister (wife of Kodera Norimoto)

Wife:  Daughter of Miki 善界

Children:  Yoji, Shigenari, daughter (dowager of Nomura Sukekatsu)

Yoshida Nagatoshi served as a bushō from the Sengoku to early Edo periods.  As a retainer of the Kuroda clan, he was included among a group of retainers called the Twenty-Four Elite of the Kuroda.  He was a retainer of the Fukuoka domain in Chikuzen Province.

In 1547, Nagatoshi was born as the son of Yashiro Michiyoshi, a retainer of Kuroda Mototaka.

Nagatoshi was one year younger than Kuroda Yoshitaka.  Yoshitaka’s mother was not able to produce sufficient milk for nursing so Nagatoshi’s mother served as the wet nurse for Yoshitaka.  In 1563, Nagatoshi entered into service for Mototaka.  In 1564, while attending the wedding ceremony of Uragami Kiyomune, Nagatoshi’s father, Yashiro Michiyoshi, sustained injuries in a surprise attack by Akamatsu Masahide and, owing to these injuries, later died.  In 1566, upon the recommendation of Yoshitaka, Nagatoshi was given the surname of one of Yoshitaka’s chief retainers, Yoshida Shigeo.

Thereafter, at the Battle of Aoyama-Kawarekeyama, Nagatoshi served valorously in numerous engagements including an assault on Okishio Castle by the Bessho clan, the Battle of Inamino, the Siege of Bitchū-Takamatsu Castle, and an assault on Takarabe Castle.  During this period, in 1580, his older brother, Yoshida Yoji died at the age of nineteen in the Siege of Miki.  In 1588, during the assassination of Kii Shigefusa, Nagatoshi served as a guard at the castle gate and prevented Shigefusa’s chief retainer, Shiota Naiki and 50 retainers from entering the castle grounds by shooting at them with an arquebus.  After Yoshitaka pacified Buzen Province, Nagatoshi was granted a fief of 1,282 koku.

Nagatoshi and his son, Yoshida Shigenari, served in the Bunroku-Keichō Campaign.  In 1600, after the Battle of Sekigahara, during an assault on Tomiku Castle in Bungo Province, Nagatoshi was hit by bullets in his helmet and jaw area which hampered him throughout the remainder of his life.  In 1602, he was granted a fief of 1,200 koku in Chikuzen.  In 1604, after the death of Yoshitaka, he served as the chamberlain of the southern citadel of Fukuoka Castle and Kuroda Nagamasa conferred upon him the title of Iki-no-kami, or Governor of Iki.  After retiring, he adopted the monk’s name of Suian.

Nagatoshi died on 9/22 of Genna 9 (1623).  He was seventy-seven years old.