Mori Nagayoshi

Mori Nagayoshi (森 長可, 1558 – May 18, 1584) was an officer under the Oda clan following Japan's 16th-century Sengoku period,[1][2] and the older brother of the famous Mori Ranmaru. His wife Ikeda Sen, was the daughter of Ikeda Tsuneoki.

Mori Nagayoshi
森 長可
Mori Nagayoshi.jpg
Head of Mori clan
In office
Preceded byMori Yoshinari
Succeeded byMori Tadamasa
Personal details
DiedMay 18, 1584(1584-05-18) (aged 25–26)
Spouse(s)Ikeda Sen
FatherMori Yoshinari
Military service
AllegianceMon-Oda.png Oda clan
Goshichi no kiri inverted.svg Hashiba clan
UnitJapanese crest Turu no maru(White background).svg Mori clan
Battles/warsBattle of Komaki and Nagakute

Nagayoshi was known to have such a bad temper and to be particularly ruthless in battle that he came to be known as the "Devil". Nagayoshi was gifted with Kaneyama Castle after his father died in battle. While he was under the service of the Oda clan, he was directly under the service of Nobunaga’s eldest son, Oda Nobutada, who fought alongside Nagashima in 1574.

In 1577, Nagayoshi serving Nobutada to occupy Takeda's castles. In 1582, He took Takato Castle in Shinano Province and took Kazu Castle in Kai province. He was given an award of 100, 000 Koku. However, this campaign was forced to stop when his lord Oda Nobunaga died at Honno-ji.

Later, Nagayoshi took Mino Castle with the help of his relatives from the Ikeda clan side of his family.

Nagayoshi's efforts for Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the difficult Battle of Komaki and Nagakute ultimately took his life. During the battle he rode in front of his lines and waved a war fan frantically.[3] He stood out conspicuously wearing a white jinbaori and was subsequently shot in the head by an ashigaru firing a matchlock rifle.[3][4] His younger brother Mori Tadamasa became the next clan head.



  1. ^ Mary Elizabeth Berry (1989). Hideyoshi. Harvard Univ Asia Center. p. 51. ISBN 9780674390263.
  2. ^ Stephen Turnbull (2012). Samurai Commanders (2): 1577–1638. Bloomsbury. p. 63. ISBN 9781782000457.
  3. ^ a b Stephen Turnbull (2011). Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Bloomsbury. p. 41. ISBN 9781846039614.
  4. ^ Noel Perrin (1979). Giving Up the Gun: Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879. David R. Godine. p. 26. ISBN 9780879237738.