Egami Taketane

江上武種

Egami Clan

Bushō

Hizen Province

Lifespan:  15xx to 15xx

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Vice Minister of the Imperial Cavalry of the Left Division

Clan:  Egami

Lord:  Shōni Sukemoto → Shōni Fuyuhisa → Ryūzōji Takanobu

Father:  Egami Okitane

Siblings:  Taketane, Sadatane, Nobutane

Adopted Children:  Ietane (third son of Ryūzōji Takanobu)

Egami Taketane served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was a retainer of the Shōni and Ryūzōji clans and served as the fifteenth head of the Egami clan.

Taketane served Shōni Sukemoto and Shōni Fuyuhisa (father and son).  In 1551, Tsuchibashi Hidemasu rebelled against Ryūzōji Takanobu in an attempt to back Ryūzōji Akikane as the head of the Ryūzōji clan.  Takatane, along with nineteen other bushō including Kumashiro Katsutoshi, Yae Muneteru, Oda Masamitsu, and Tsukushi Korekado joined in opposition to Takanobu.  In 1555, when Takanobu’s forces raided Seifukuji Castle where Taketane was residing, Taketane was unable to withstand the assault so he abandoned the castle and withdrew to Niiyama.

Later, Taketane was in Kibaru Castle but, in the eleventh month of 1558, when Takanobu advanced with his army to attack Shōni Fuyuhisa at Seifukuji Castle, he and Kumashiro Katsutoshi fought back, killing Oda Masamitsu from the vanguard of the Ryūzōji forces.  On 12/3, a settlement was reached with Takanobu, but, in 1559, Takanobu breached the covenants and attacked the castle.  Taketane fled to Chikugo Province while Fuyuhisa took his own life.  Taketane later reconciled with Takanobu and returned to Seifukuji Castle.

Thereafter, Taketane affiliated with the Ryūzōji clan and participated in an attack against the Kumashiro clan among other operations.  In 1569, when the Ōtomo clan stormed into Hizen, despite appeals from Taketane for reinforcements, Takanobu did not dispatch any forces so Taketane aligned with the Ōtomo and participated in an assault on Muranaka Castle (also known as Saga Castle, the base of the main branch of the Ryūzōji clan).  In 1570, when attacks by the Ōtomo against the Ryūzōji stalled owing to the Battle of Imayama, Takanobu commenced a counteroffensive.  In 1571, Takanobu assigned 2,000 soldiers to Nabeshima Nabuo (later Nabeshima Naoshige) to come on the attack.

Through the efforts of senior retainers such as Shigyō Tanekane, Taketane initially repelled the attackers but, in the end, capitulated to the pressure from the Ryūzōji forces and settled by receiving Takanobu’s son, Ietane, as his adopted son under the name of Egami Ietane.  Thereafter, the Egami clan, under the direction of Ietane, operated under the command of the Ryūzōji.