Hori Hideshige


Hori Clan


Ōmi Province

Lifespan:  Tenbun 1 (1532) to 11/28 of Keichō 11 (1606)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Master of the Bureau of Palace Maintenance

Bakufu:  Edo

Clan:  Hori

Lord:  Saitō Dōsan → Oda Nobunaga

Father:  Hori Kamon-taifu Toshifusa

Siblings:  Kamon-taifu, Hideshige

Children: Hidemasa, Taga Hidetane, Toshishige, Mitsumasa, daughter (wife of Ikoma Kazumasa), daughter (formal wife of Hori Naoshige)

Hori Hideshige served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.

In 1532, Hideshige was born as the second son of Hori Toshifusa (with the title of kamon-taifu or Master of the Bureau of Palace Maintenance).  His older brother was called by the same title as his father, but, owing to beriberi, he became unable to walk and became a monk of the Ikkō (Jōdo) sect.  As a result, Hideshige inherited the headship of the family.  First, he served Saitō Dōsan, and then Oda Nobunaga.  He had landholdings of 3,000 koku in the Sakata District of Ōmi Province, in addition to another holding of 2,000 koku, for a total fief of 5,000 koku.

Hideshige’s eldest son, Hidemasa, was favored by Nobunaga.  After the death of Nobunaga on 6/2 of Tenshō 10 (1582), Hidemasa was relied upon by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and rose to become a daimyō.  Hideshige served as Hidemasa’s representative for political affairs, but, in 1590, Hidemasa died early.  Hideshige then served as the guardian of Hideshige’s grandson, Hori Hideharu, after Hideharu was transferred to Kasugayama in Echigo Province in the fourth month of 1598 to manage a fief of 30,000 koku.  Meanwhile, Hideshige was awarded a fief of 10,400 koku by Hideyoshi.

Hideharu, however, also died early in the fifth month of 1606.  Hideshige then died on 11/28 of Keichō 11 (1606) at the age of seventy-five.