Ajige (Manchu:ᠠᠵᡳᡤᡝ, Mölendroff: ajige; 28 August 1605 – 28 November 1651) was a Manchu prince and military general of the early Qing dynasty. He was born in the Aisin Gioro clan as the 12th son of Nurhaci, the khan of the Later Jin dynasty (the precursor of the Qing dynasty).

Ajige
Prince Ying of the First Rank
Prince Ying of the First Rank
Tenure1644–1651
SuccessorChuokedu
Prince Wuying of the Second Rank
Tenure1636–1644
Born(1605-08-28)28 August 1605
Died28 November 1651(1651-11-28) (aged 46)
ConsortsLady Sirin Gioro
Lady Borjigit
IssueHedu
Fulehe
Laoqin
Bo'erxun
Louqin
Mo'erxun
Tongsai
Huli
Ebai
Banjintai
Names
Aisin Gioro Ajige
(愛新覺羅 阿濟格)
HouseAisin Gioro
FatherNurhaci
MotherEmpress Xiaoliewu
Ajige
Traditional Chinese阿濟格
Simplified Chinese阿济格
Prince Ying
Traditional Chinese英親王
Simplified Chinese英亲王

Ajige was conferred the title "Prince Wuying of the Second Rank" (武英郡王) in 1636, before being promoted to "Prince Ying of the First Rank" in 1644. He was involved in the Manchu conquest of the Ming dynasty. After the death of Dorgon, Ajige attempted to seize the position of Prince-Regent (previously held by Dorgon), but was discovered and placed under arrest. He was forced to commit suicide by the Shunzhi Emperor in 1651.

Physical AppearanceEdit

According to the account of Japanese travellers, Ajige was a stalwart, valiant and hot-tempered warrior who had been through numerous battles, and that he had eyes that looked abnormally ferocious.

FamilyEdit

Primary Consort

  • First primary consort, of the Sirin Gioro clan (嫡妻 西林覺羅氏)
    • Hedu, Prince of the Fourth Rank (貝子 和度; 14 December 1619 – 13 November 1646), first son
  • Second primary consort, of the Khorchin Borjigit clan (繼妻 博爾濟吉特氏)
    • Fulehe, Duke of the First Rank (鎮國公 傅勒赫; 9 January 1629 – 11 May 1660), second son
    • Louqin, Prince of the First Rank (親王 樓親; 9 November 1634 – 25 November 1661), sixth son
    • Mo'erxun (墨爾遜; b. 4 August 1635), seventh son

Concubine

  • Mistress, of the Li clan (李氏)
    • Suo'erke (索爾科; 16 February 1640 – 12 June 1642), eighth son
  • Mistress, of the Yu clan (愉氏)
  • Unknown
    • Laoqin, Prince of the Second Rank (郡王 勞親; d. 28 November 1651), third son
    • Bo'erxun (伯爾遜; 3 February 1631 – 15 November 1675), fourth son
    • Menzhu (門柱; 4 July 1633 – 23 September 1635), fifth son
    • Fifth daughter (1637–1694)
    • Tongsai (佟塞; 29 April 1641 – 8 November 1701), ninth son
    • Huli (瑚禮; b. 13 August 1641), tenth son
    • Ebai (鄂拜; 20 March 1643 – 13 September 1689), 11th son
    • Banjintai (班進泰; 27 May 1644 – 22 August 1706), 12th son

AncestryEdit

Fuman
Giocangga (1526–1583)
Empress Zhi
Taksi (1543–1583)
Empress Yi
Nurhaci (1559–1626)
Cancha
Agu
Empress Xuan (d. 1569)
Ajige (1605–1651)
Buyan
Bugan
Mantai (d. 1596)
Empress Xiaoliewu (1590–1626)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Zhao, Erxun (1928). Draft History of Qing (Qing Shi Gao). Vol. 162, 217.
  • Hummel, Arthur W. Sr., ed. (1943). "Ajige" . Eminent Chinese of the Ch'ing Period. United States Government Printing Office.