Matsura Chikashi (Kurō)

松浦親 (九郎)

Matsura Clan

Bushō

Hizen Province

Lifespan:  Unknown to Tenshō 2 (1574)

Other Names:  Kurō (common)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Tango (honorary)

Clan:  Hizen-Matsura

Father:  Matsura Takanobu

Adoptive Father:  Matsura Chikashi

Siblings:  Shigenobu, Gotō Koreaki, Chikashi, Nobuzane, sister (wife of Shisa Sumimoto)

Adopted Siblings:  鎮, Sakō

Wife:  Second daughter of Gotō Takaakira

Children:  Sadamu, Ōno Tadashi, daughter (wife of Shisa Sumitaka)

Matsura Chikashi (Kurō) served as a bushō during the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods.  He served as the lord of Iimori Castle in Hizen Province.

Kurō was born as the third son of Matsura Takanobu, the head of the Hirado-Matsura clan.  In 1566, following years of conflict with Takanobu, Matsura Chikashi, the sixteenth head of the Aikōnoura-Matsura clan was defeated by Takanobu.  As a condition of his surrender, Chikashi received Kurō as his adopted son and designated heir.  Thereafter, Kurō took the same name as his adoptive father, Chikashi, and became the seventeenth head of the Aikōnoura-Matsura subordinate to the Hirado-Matsura clan.

In 1571, Chikashi (Kurō) attacked the Hario clan on Hario Island located between Sasebo and Ōmura harbors.  That same year, his lineal heir, Matsura Sadamu, was born.  On 1/20 of Genki 3 (1572), he attacked from Tōsen Castle in Arita, and owing to collusion by Yamamoto Ukyō, a chief retainer of Matsura Sakō (an adoptee of the same generation as his father), defeated Sakō at Sōtōbara in Yunoki.  Later that year, he killed Endō Moritane, the lord of Sasebo Castle, on grounds of betraying the Matsura in favor of Ryūzōji Takanobu.  There is a legend pertaining to this time involving the daughter of Moritane known as Shiranuihime on Jajima.

In 1574, Chikashi attempted to murder a senior retainer named Higashi Tokitada with whom he had been in conflict, but he died as the two stabbed one another.