Oda Masamitsu

小田政光

Oda Clan

Bushō

Hizen Province

Lifespan:  Eishō 6 (1509) to 11/10 of Eiroku 1 (1558)

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Hizen-Oda

Lord:  Shōni clan → Ryūzōji Takanobu

Father:  Oda Motomitsu

Wife:  Daughter of Ryūzōji Iekado

Children:  Shigemitsu, 賢光, Masumitsu, Tokushima Nobuyasu, Takagi Nobunao, daughter (wife of Ryūzōji Naganobu)

Oda Masamitsu served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was a retainer of the Shōni and Ryūzōji clans.

The Hizen-Oda were members of the Oda clan governing the southern portion of Hitachi Province.  Oda Naomitsu (Hitachi-no-suke) went to Hizen Province, and from Hasuike Castle in the Kanzaki District, served the Shōni clan.  When Shōni Sukemoto was defeated by the Ōuchi of Suō Province and took his own life, his son, Shōni Fuyuhisa, relied upon Masamitsu’s grandfather, Oda Sukemitsu, to flee to safety.

In 1509, Masamitsu was born as the son of Oda Motomitsu.  Later, after the revival of the Shōni clan, Masamitsu served the Shōni.  After Ryūzōji Takanobu gained prominence, he attacked Saga Castle but was defeated in a powerful counterattack by the Ryūzōji and, in 1553, submitted to the Ryūzōji.

In 1558, Masamitsu deployed with the aim of eliminating Egami Taketane, a retainer of the Shōni clan, but was killed fighting against Kumashiro Katsutoshi (a supporter of Taketane) at the Battle of Chōjarin.  At this time, Takanobu disregarded urgent requests from Masamitsu for reinforcements and, after confirming the death of Masamitsu, captured the base of the Oda clan at Hasuike-Shōkyoku Castle.

Masamitsu’s children, with the assistance of a retainer named Fukamachi Toshitada, fled for safety.  Through the support of the Ōtomo clan, the Oda clan was later revived, but among Masamitsu’s children, Shigemitsu and Katamitsu met violent deaths at the hands of Takanobu.  The bloodline of the Hizen-Oda clan continued via the descendants of Oda Masumitsu who served Takanobu.  Later, the descendants served the Nabeshima clan.