Saitō Toshifuji「斎藤利藤」

Individual

Mino Province

Saitō Clan

Lifespan:  15xx to 11/12 of 1555

Clan:  Saitō

Father:  Saitō Dōsan

Mother:  Miyoshino or Omi-no-kata

Siblings: Yoshitatsu, Magoshirō, Kiheiji, Nichijō, Nichikaku, Toshitaka, Toshiharu, Kichō (Nōhime – formal wife of Oda Nobunaga), five other sisters

Saitō Magoshirō was an individual during the Sengoku period.  He was the second son of Saitō Dōsan.  Magoshirō was also known as Tatsushige.  His mother was either Miyoshino or Omi-no-kata.

Magoshirō resided together with his father, Dōsan, his older brother, Yoshitatsu, and younger brother, Kiheiji, in Inabayama Castle in Mino Province.

After his coming-of-age ceremony, he assumed the name of Saitō Magoshirō Tatsushige.  Dōsan gave Magoshirō the name of Sakyō-no-suke, and, in lieu of Yoshitatsu, planned for Magoshirō to become the successor to the family.

Along with his younger brother, Kiheiji, Magoshirō was taken well care of by Dōsan.  This bred arrogance among Magoshirō and Kiheiji, who gradually came to despise their older brother, Yoshitatsu.  In 1554, Yoshitatsu succeeded Dōsan as head of the Saitō family, but, in anticipation of being removed from the line of succession, Yoshitatsu had devised a plan.  On 11/12 of 1555, Yoshitatsu feigned illness and called Magoshirō, Kiheiji and others to an inner room at Inabayama Castle.  After Magoshirō and Kiheiji became intoxicated with drink, they were murdered by a close retainer of Yoshitatsu named Hineno Bitchū-no-kami Hironari.