Akamatsu Norihide

赤松則英

Akamatsu Clan

Bushō

Awa Province

Lifespan:  15xx to 10/1 of Keichō 5 (1600)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Deputy Governor of Kazusa

Clan:  Akamatsu

Lord:  Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Father:  Akamatsu Norifusa

Siblings:  Hironori, Norihide

Akamatsu Norihide served as a bushō during the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

Norihide is deemed to have been the fourteenth and final head of the Akamatsu clan.  He was the landlord of a fief of 10,000 koku in Sumiyoshi in Awa Province.  The existence of Norihide, however, has not been confirmed in authenticated sources.

Norihide was born as the second son of Akamatsu Norifusa, the thirteenth head of the Akamatsu clan.  There is a theory that he is the same individual as Norifusa or that he was adopted.  In 1598, following the death of his father, he inherited the headship of the clan.  In 1600, at the Battle of Sekigahara, he joined the Western Army and, from Tennōji in Ōsaka, he was assigned security for Hiranoguchi.  Prior to the main battle, he holed-up in the residence of Ishida Mitsunari at Sawayama Castle.  The castle was felled by Kobayakawa Hideaki (who defected to the Eastern Army) and just prior to its fall, Norihide escaped.

After fleeing, he turned to Fukushima Masanori for help, but did not receive a pardon and forced to take his own life at the Kaikō Temple in Kyōto.