Maeno Noriyoshi


Maeno Clan


Owari Province

Lifespan:  15xx to 8/13 of Keichō 5 (1600)

Other Names:  Kurōbei (common), Maeno Yukimune

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Maeno

Lord:  Maeno Nagayasu → Ozaka Katsuyoshi → Maeno Tadayasu

Father:  Maeno Yoshiyasu

Mother:  Daughter of the Iwada clan

Siblings:  Noriyoshi, Yoshimasa, Heisuke

Children:  Kurōsuke

Maeno Noriyoshi served as a bushō during the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods.

The Maeno originated from the Yoshimine clan founded by Yoshimine no Yasuyo, a noble from the early Heian period who was the son of Emperor Kanmu.  The son of Yoshimine no Takanari (Maeno Takanaga) or grandson (Maeno Tokitsuna) moved to the village of Maeno in the Niwa District of Owari Province and adopted the surname of Maeno, marking the beginning of the Maeno family.

Noriyoshi was born as the son of Maeno Yoshiyasu, a dogō, or small-scale landowner in Owari Province.  Yoshiyasu was the second son of Maeno Yoshitaka.  Noriyoshi was the cousin of Maeno Nagayasu, a daimyō and elder of the Toyoyomi clan serving as the lord of Miki Castle in Harima Province followed by Izushi Castle in Tajima Province.

Noriyoshi received training in the military art of the staff as a disciple of Ozaka Katsuyoshi.  According to records of the Maeno family, Katsuyoshi was a cousin of Noriyoshi.  From around the time of the construction of Sunomata Castle (in either 1561 or 1566), Noriyoshi served Maeno Nagayasu and never refused orders for deployment.  He frequently went to the Maeno family residence of his younger brother, Maeno Yoshiaki.  He had many conversations with Yoshida Katsune, the author of a military chronicle of the Maeno clan known as the Bukō yawa.

In 1600, for the Battle of Sekigahara, Noriyoshi joined the Western Army.  He served in a battalion led by Maeno Tadaysu during a preliminary clash known as the Battle of Kisogawa-Gōtogawa in Mino Province, Noriyoshi fought valiantly but was killed in action.