Miyake Ieyoshi


Miyake Clan

Chikuzen Province

Miyake Ieyoshi

Lifespan:  Eishō (15xx) to Tenshō (15xx)

Other Names:  Ieshige, [Common] Sandayū, Tōjūrō

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Wakasa (honorary)

Clan:  Miyake

Bakufu:  Edo

Domain:  Fukuoka

Lord:  Kuroda Yoshitaka

Father:  Miyake Jidayū

Children:  Chūbei

Miyake Ieyoshi served as a bushō from the Sengoku to early Edo periods.   As a retainer of the Kuroda clan, he was included among a group of retainers called the Twenty-Four Elite of the Kuroda.  He was a retainer of the Fukuoka domain in Chikuzen Province.

In 1548, Ieyoshi was born as the son of Miyake Jidayū in the lineage of the lord of Miyake Castle of Settsu Province.  In 1553, after Miyake Castle fell in an attack by the Miyoshi clan, Ieyoshi and his father fled.  Thereafter, it appears he traveled around serving various lords but the details are uncertain.

In 1575, he was promoted by Kuroda Yoshitaka and granted a stipend of 300 koku.

In 1577, during the First Siege of Kōzuki Castle, while surrounding an auxiliary castle, he said “If I am ordered to do so, taking that type of small castle is a simple task.”  Yoshitaka praised him for his courage and changed his common name to Sandayū drawn from a Chinese proverb from Sun Tzu meaning to be immobile like a mountain.  Thereafter, just as he proclaimed, Ieyoshi forced his way into the castle himself and compelled the enemy to surrender.

In 1587, during a rebellion by Kii Shigefusa, Ieyoshi served as a messenger four times to demand Shigefusa to surrender.  He succeeded in having Shigefusa tender Kii Tomofusa and Tsuruhime as hostages.  Owing to these contributions, he received a sword and fief of 1,500 koku from Kuroda Nagamasa.  Ieyoshi served valorously at the Bunroku Campaign but, at the base, members of the Miyake family were responsible for burning down a hut so, although he avoided a judgment of seppuku based on his earlier contributions, he did not receive an increase to his fief after the campaign.

In 1601, after the Kuroda family entered Chikuzen, Ieyoshi was granted a fief of 3,600 koku and became the chamberlain of Wakamatsu Castle.  For serving as a representative of the family, he further received a stipend of 10,000 koku and was appointed as the commander of the navy.  In 1604, after the death of Yoshitaka, Nagamasa conferred upon Ieyoshi the honorary title of Wakasa-no-kami, or Governor of Wakasa.

Ieyoshi died on 10/16 of Genna 5 (1619).  He was seventy-two years old.

His son, Chūbei, served as an attendant of Nagamasa and had a stipend of 500 koku but he had an illicit relationship with one of the attendants of Eihime, the formal wife of Nagamasa.  Eihime then demanded that he commit seppuku but, through the intervention of Nagamasa, he was ousted instead.  As a result, the estate left by Ieyoshi was seized and the Miyake family lineage extinguished.