Matsura Masashi

松浦政 (相神浦松浦家)

Matsura Clan

Bushō

Hizen Province

Lifespan:  Bunmei 9 (1477) to 11/2 of Meiō 7 (1498)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Tango (honorary)

Clan:  Hizen-Matsura

Father:  Matsura Sadamu

Siblings:  Masashi, Sasebo Isamu

Wife:  Minami-dono (Kawauchi-dono, daughter of Shōni Masasuke)

Children:  Chikashi (Sōkin)

Matsura Masashi served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He served as the lord of Daichian Castle in Hizen Province.

In 1477, Masashi was born as the son of Matsura Sadamu, the fourteenth head of the Aikōnoura-Matsura clan from the direct lineage of the Matsura clan.  Upon the death of his father in 1492, he inherited the headship of the clan at the age of fifteen.

Masashi held territory in Aikōnoura, Arita, Imapuku, Kuroshima, Takashima, ansd Sasebo.  In 1494, his lineal heir, Kōmatsumaru (later known as Matsura Chikashi (Sōkin)), was born.

In 1498, owing to a dispute in regard to falconry activities, Masashi became the target of ill will from a retainer named Yamada Shirōemon.  Shirōemon and Matazaemon (siblings) absconded and went to Matsura Hirosada in Hirado and offered to serve as guides if Hirosada would eliminate Masashi.  Having once been ousted from his own territory by Sadamu, Hirosada viewed this as a good opportunity to avenge oneself so he consented to the offer and committed to attack Daichian Castle.

On 11/2, Hirosada and Matsura Okinobu (father and son) had Hirosada’s younger brother, Ōno Sadahisa, lead an army, and guided by Shirōemon, traveled a side road from which to launch a surprise attack against Masashi at Daichian Castle.  The castle fell in a single night and after Masashi was thwarted from escaping, he took his own life.

His wife and son (Kōmatsumaru) were taken as hostages to Hirado and incarcerated.