Noisshiki Sukeyoshi


Noisshiki Clan


Ōmi Province

Lifespan:  Tenbun 17 (1548) to 9/14 of Keichō 5 (1600)

Other Names:  Nagayori; Tanomo (common)

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Noisshiki

Lord:  Nakamura Kazuuji

Father:  Noisshiki Yukihisa  

Wife:  Daughter of Kurokawa Moriharu

Children:  Son, Sukeshige, Yoshishige, Suketada, Sukemasa

Adopted Children:  Daughter of Nakamura Kazuuji

Noisshiki Sukeyoshi served as a bushō during the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods.

The Noisshiki originated from the Sakata District of Ōmi Province.  Sukeyoshi served as a chief retainer of Nakamura Kazushige.  Regarded as a man of greatness, he had landholdings of 8,000 koku.

On 9/14 of Keichō 5 (1600), at the Battle of Kuisegawa on the day prior to the Battle of Sekigahara, Kazushige (serving as a proxy for his older brother, Nakamura Kazuuji who died in the seventh month before the battle), clashed with the army of Shima Kiyooki (Sakon) of the Western Army.  After crossing the river in pursuit of members of the Western Army, he encountered a violent ambush.  In the midst of the battle, he attached a small banner with an image of a gold coin and fought valiantly on horseback but could not maneuver in the rice fields and was killed by Asaka Sanzaemon (Samanosuke), a retainer of the Ukita clan.  Further fighting by those coming after him prevented the enemy from taking his head.  He was buried along with the helmet that he wore in Akasaka-nishi in Ōgaki.

Sukeyoshi was succeeded by his third son, Noisshiki Yoshishige, a hatamoto, or direct retainer of the bakufu, serving Matsudaira Tadateru in the early Edo period.  His second son, Noisshiki Sukeshige, was killed in action fighting for the Tokugawa army at the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Ōsaka in 1615.  His fourth son, Noisshiki Suketada, became a retainer of Ikeda Tadakatsu.