Mōri Takamoto


Mōri Takamoto (毛利 隆元, 1523 – September 18, 1563) was a daimyō (feudal lord) of Aki Province during Japan's Sengoku period. He was the eldest legitimate son of Mōri Motonari.

Mōri Takamoto
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Mōri Takamoto picture
Native name
毛利隆元
Nickname(s)Shōnotarō (少輔太郎)
Born1523
Sarukake castle, Aki Province
DiedSeptember 18, 1563
(aged 40 or 41)
Yoshida, Aki Province
AllegianceImperial Seal of Japan.svg Imperial House of Japan
Kamon yotumeyui.png Amago clan
Japanese Crest Oouchi Hisi.svg Ōuchi clan
Alex K Hiroshima Mori (color).svg Mōri clan
RankDaimyō (Lord)
UnitAlex K Hiroshima Mori (color).svg Mōri clan
Battles/warsBattle of Miyajima (1555)
Siege of Moji (1561)
RelationsFather: Mōri Motonari
Mother: Lady Myōkyū
Son: Mōri Terumoto

BiographyEdit

Born in the Tajihi-Sarugake Castle in 1523.[1] Takamoto was sent to Suō Province as a hostage of Ōuchi Yoshitaka.[1] This was done to ensure his father's loyalties to Ōuchi.[1] He was allowed to return home and around 1546, upon his father's retirement, Takamoto inherited formal leadership of the family, but his father Motonari continued to wield actual control over the clan's affairs.[1]

In 1555, Sue Harukata, one of Ōuchi's vassals, staged a coup and forced Ōuchi Yoshitaka to commit suicide.[1] He was then attacked by Mōri Takamoto and his father, and was defeated in the battle of Miyajima.[2] The Mōri, defeating the Sue/Ōuchi forces, thus rose to power in the Chūgoku region,[1]

At the advice or orders of his father, Takamoto seized the opportunity to attack the Ōuchi territory. He was leading the Mōri armies through Bingo Province, when on September 18, 1563, he suddenly died at the age of 41. Around 1566,[1][3] Takamoto's son Mōri Terumoto was selected as his heir, but Motonari continued to wield the true power of Mori clan.[4]

FamilyEdit

  • Father: Mōri Motonari (1497–1571)
  • Mother: Myōkyū (1499–1546)
  • Siblings:
  • Half Siblings:
    • Ninomiya Naritoki (1546–1607)
    • Mōri Motokiyo (1551–1597)
    • Mōri Motoaki (1552–1585)
    • Izuha Mototomo (1555–1571)
    • Amano Motomasa (1559–1609)
    • Suetsugu Motoyasu (1560–1601)
    • Kobayakawa Hidekane (1567–1601)
  • Wife: Lady Ozaki, daughter of Naitō Okimori and adopted daughter of Ōuchi Yoshitaka (1527–1572)
  • Children:
    • Mōri Terumoto (1553–1625)
    • Lady Tsuwano, first wife of Yoshimi Hiroyori

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Mōri Takamoto". kotobank. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  2. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. Cassell & Co. pp. 213, 268. ISBN 1854095234.
  3. ^ "毛利隆元の墓". 広島観光協会. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Mōri Terumoto". kotobank. Retrieved 15 October 2021.

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