Andō Michisue


Andō Clan


Dewa Province

Lifespan:  Eiroku 7 (1564) to 16xx

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Minato-Andō

Lord:  Akita Sanesue → Gamō clan → Tozawa clan → Nanbu clan

Father:  Andō Shigesue

Siblings:  Michisue, Minato Kinjūrō, Akita Yoshigorō, Magojurō Masasue

Children:  Minato Ichirōemon Suetaka

Andō Michisue served as a bushō from the Azuchi-Momoyama to early Edo periods.  He was a retainer of the Andō and Nanbu clans.

In 1564, Michisue was born as the eldest son and designated heir of Andō Shigesue.

In 1579, after the death of his father, Shigesue, Michisue became the lord of Toshima Castle in the Kawabe District of Dewa Province.  Michisue resented that his younger cousin, Akita Sanesue, inherited the headship of the main branch of the family so, in 1589, Michisue joined with the Tozawa and Onodera clans to launch a rebellion.  This is known as the Third Minato Disturbance.  Initially, Michisue drove Sanesue into a corner.  Later, however, Sanesue counterattacked and suppressed the rebellion while Michisue fled to the protection of the Nanbu clan.  In 1590, he led a campaign against the Toyotomi administration for a restoration of rights.  After this failed, he passed through the Gamō and Tozawa clans en route to becoming a retainer of the Nanbu in 1603.  Michisue adopted the name of Minato Shūri-no-jō Takasue.  Later, he may have further changed his name to Suemasa.

Accounts passed-down to his descendants known as the Hachinohe-Minato Records, together with the Ichikawa-Minatro Family Records provided to descendants of Minato Morisue, a nephew of Michisue and retainer of the Satake clan, are important sources of historical information for research of the Andō clan and the northern Ouu region in medieval times​.