Saitō Matashirō

斎藤又四郎

Saitō Clan

Bushō

Mino Province

Lifespan:  Bunmei 14 (1482) to 11/13 of Meiō 8 (1499)

Other Names:  Ōguromaru (childhood)

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Saitō-Jizein

Father:  Saitō Myōjun

Siblings:  Toshichika, Matashirō, Hikoshirō, sister (wife of Asakura Sadakage), sister (wife of Kyōgoku Takakiyo), Toshitane

Wife:  Daughter of the Ise-Nagano clan

Children:  Ōguromaru (later known as Saitō Matashirō)

Saitō Matashirō served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.

Matashirō was born as the second son of Saitō Myōjun, the second head of the Saitō-Jizein family.  Under one theory, Matashirō is the same individual as Saitō Toshishige.

Upon the death in battle of his father, Myōjun, and older brother, Saitō Toshichika, on 12/7 of Meiō 5 (1496), his nephew, Katsuchiyo (later known as Saitō Toshinaga) was still in his youth at the time so Matashirō became the fourth head of the Saitō-Jizein family.  On 6/3 of Meiō 6 (1497), he attended his coming-of-age ceremony and adopted the name of Matashirō.  He subsequently wed a daughter of the Ise-Nagano clan with whom the Saitō-Jizein were allies.

Matashirō suddenly died in 1499 at the age of eighteen.  The headship of the clan was inherited by his younger brother, Saitō Hikoshirō.