Andō Shigeyoshi


Andō Clan


Kii Province

Lifespan:  Tenshō 14 (1586) to Keichō 20 (1615)

Other Names:  Hikoshirō (common)

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Mikawa-Andō

Lord:  Tokugawa Yorinobu

Father:  Andō Naotsugu

Mother:  Daughter of Nakane Suke-emon

Siblings:  Shigeyoshi, Naoharu, sister (wife of Mukuhara Masanaga), sister (formal wife of Kagatsume Tadasumi) 

Wife:  Daughter of Itakura Katsushige

Children:  Daughter (formal wife of Andō Naomasa), daughter (formal wife of Matsudaira Katsuyoshi)

Andō Shigeyoshi served as a bushō from the Azuchi-Momoyama to early Edo periods.

Shigeyoshi was born as the eldest son and lineal heir of Andō Naotsugu who later became a chief retainer of the Kishū domain.

Similar to his father, Shigeyoshi served Tokugawa Ieyasu, but, in 1615, was killed during the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Ōsaka.  At this time, when Naotsugu observed his son’s remains from atop a horse, he coldly told his soldiers to feed it to the dogs.  After the battle that day, he ran to the designated area for relieving themselves and deeply wept.

Accompanying the transfer of Tokugawa Yorinobu to Kii after the Siege of Ōsaka, Naotsugu was granted the Kii-Tanabe domain.  Shigeyoshi’s younger brother, Andō Naoharu, became the heir and succeeded his father.  Regarding Shigeyoshi’s descendants, his nephew, Andō Naomasa, came as a son-in-law and established a family as a yoriai-hatamato, or a direct retainer of the bakufu with a high status among those having a fief of 3,000 or more koku.