Matsudaira Kiyoyasu

Matsudaira Kiyoyasu (松平 清康, September 28, 1511 – November 29, 1535) was the 7th lord over the Matsudaira clan during the Sengoku period (16th century) of Japan. Kiyoyasu was the grandfather of the third "great unifier of Japan", Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Matsudaira Kiyoyasu
松平 清康
Matsudaira Kiyoyasu.jpg
Head of Matsudaira clan
In office
Preceded byMatsudaira Nobutada
Succeeded byMatsudaira Hirotada
Personal details
BornSeptember 28, 1511
DiedNovember 29, 1535
RelationsTokugawa Ieyasu (grandson)
ChildrenMatsudaira Hirotada
  • Matsudaira Nobutada (father)
  • Mizuno (mother)
Military service
AllegianceImagawa clan
UnitMatsudaira clan
Battles/warsMikawa Campaign


Kiyoyasu gained control of the whole of northern Mikawa Province after the Saigo clan surrendered following four generations of conflict. Okazaki Castle was also built as a monument to the Matsudaira's power.

Following this conquest, one of Kiyoyasu's retainers, Abe Masatoyo, began to resent Kiyoyasu. In 1535, Abe somehow entered Kiyoyasu's secret chambers and slew him with his Muramasa blade.

Another version of Matsudaira Kiyoyasu's death has been told by the author A. L. Sadler:[1]

"Kiyoyasu, the son of Nobutada, was a fine soldier, and his friendship was solicited both by Takeda Nobutora, father of the great Shingen, and also by Oda Nobukatsu, son of the more famous Nobunaga. Oda later made secret overtures to the effect that if Kiyoyasu attacked his province he would be on his side, his intention being to oust his elder brother Nobuhide, the head of the clan. So Kiyoyasu set out against this province. But his wicked uncle Nobusada, seeing an opportunity, sent to Nobuhide to say that he was about to take the Castle of Anjo, the headquarters of Kiyoyasu, from which he had set out. When Kiyoyasu heard of this he was naturally very troubled at the possibility of his base being taken behind his back, and he was rendered more so by another rumour started by someone that his most faithful retainer Abe Sadayoshi was also in league with his uncle. Abe Sadayoshi was very indignant when he heard this slander, and called his son Yashichi, telling him that it was false, and would be proved so if proper examination was made. But if this was not done, and he was put to death on suspicion, he impressed on him the need of his continuing to serve their lord faithfully as if nothing had happened. Just after this Sadayoshi's horse began to be restless and kick out, and there was some confusion, and Kiyoyasu came out and gave orders to catch it and tie it up. Hearing the noise, Yashichi at once concluded that his father was being arrested and was in danger, and without more Ado rushed out on the spur of the moment without any reflection and cut Kiyoyasu down. He was at once killed himself, but that did not save Kiyoyasu, who was only twenty-five. But he was not without an heir, his son Hirotada being ten years old. The army of Kiyoyasu had to retire immediately he was killed, and it was Sadayoshi who took charge of his son, for the charge of treason seems to have been quickly shown to be false, and he was trusted as before."

After Kiyoyasu's death, the Battle of Idano was fought,[2] and peace returned to the Matsudaira domain. Matsudaira Hirotada, father of Ieyasu, succeeded to the position of power within the Matsudaira clan.





Status Name posthumous Name Birth Death Parents
Father Matsudaira Nobutada Ansei-in 1490 September 8, 1531 Matsudaira Nagachika (1471-1544),
Gekkū Jōun (d. 1527)
Mother Okochi Mitsunari


Name posthumous Name Birth Death Spouse Children
Matsudaira Nobutaka of Mitsugi-Matsudaira Family May 22, 1548 Matsudaira Shigetada
Matsudaira Yasutaka of Udono-Matsudaira Family Bashoin April 3, 1542 Matsudaira Yasusada
Hisahime Suzuki Shigenao
Higashihime Ohama Michijo
Yahagi-dono Married into Shimada clan
Seto-no-Ofusa Kira Tokihiro (d.1539) Nishio Yoshitsugu (1530-1606) of Haraichi Domain


Status Image Name posthumous Name Birth Death Parents issue
First Wife Haruhime Matsudaira Masayasu (d.1525) of Ōkusa-Matsudaira clan Matsudaira Hirotada
Second Wife   Otomi-no-Kata Kayouin 1492 May 30, 1560 speculated as Okochi Mitsunari’s daughter/Okochi Mototsuna’s daughter/Aoki Ichimune’s daughter Matsudaira Nobuyasu,


Name Posthumous Name Birth Death Mother Marriage Issue
Matsudaira Hirotada Ouseidokandaikoji June 9, 1526 April 3, 1549 Haruhime First: Odai-no-Kata (1582-1602), Mizuno Tadamasa’s daughter
Second: Makihime, Toda Yasumitsu’s daughter
By first: Matsudaira Motonobu, Takohime
By Second: Ichibahime (d.1593) married Arakawa Yoshihiro later married Tsutsui Sadatsugu of Iga-Ueno Domain
By Concubines: Matsudaira Tadamasa (1544-1591),
Priest Esai,
Yadahime married Matsudaira Yasutada (1546-1618) of Nagasawa-Matsudaira clan,
Matsudaira Iemoto,
Naito Nobunari of Nagahama Domain,
Matsudaira Chikayoshi
Koju’in 1529 1605 Kira Yoshiyasu (1536-1569) Kira Yoshisada (1564-1627
Matsudaira Nobuyasu 1540 Otomi-no-Kata
Usuihime Koki-in 1529 1605 Otomi-no-Kata First: Matsudaira Masatada (d.1560) of Nagasawa-Matsudaira clan
Second: Sakai Tadatsugu
By First: Matsudaira Yasutada (1546-1618) of Nagasawa-Matsudaira clan
By Second: Sakai Ietsugu (1564–1619) of Takada Domain
Honda Yasutoshi of Zeze Domain


  1. ^ A. L. Sadler, The Maker of Modern Japan: The Life of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tuttle 1937, pp. 38–39.
  2. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. Cassell & Co. p. 209. ISBN 1854095234.
  3. ^ "Genealogy". Reichsarchiv (in Japanese). Retrieved 17 December 2017.