Mori Yoshitaka

森可隆

Mori Clan

Bushō

Owari Province

Lifespan:  Tenbun 21 (1552) to 4/25 of Genki 1 (1570)

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Mori

Lord:  Oda Nobunaga

Father:  Mori Yoshinari

Mother:  Ei (daughter of Hayashi Michiyasu)

Siblings:  Yoshitaka, Nagayoshi, Naritoshi, Nagataka, Nagauji, Tadamasa, Ume (formal wife of Kinoshita Katsutoshi), Hekishōin (formal wife of Seki Narimasa)

Mori Yoshitaka served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He had the common name of Denbei.

Yoshitaka was born as the eldest son of Mori Yoshinari, a senior retainer of Oda Nobunaga.

Yoshitaka’s father, Yoshinari, fought on behalf of Nobunaga in battles across the region so Yoshitaka remained to guard the ancestral territory of the Mori clan in Owari.  In 1570, Yoshitaka accompanied Yoshinari in an assault ordered by Nobunaga against Asakura forces holed-up at Tenzutsuyama Castle in Tsuruga in Echizen Province.  In his first experience in battle, Yoshitaka lead the charge, toppling the castle.  Yoshitaka, however, drove too deeply into the enemy forces and was killed in a counterattack.  He was nineteen years old.  A memorial was built for him at the Kajō Temple at Kanayama in Mino Province.