Yūki Hideyasu

Yūki Hideyasu (結城 秀康, 1 March 1574 – 2 June 1607) was a Japanese samurai who lived during the Azuchi–Momoyama and early Edo periods. He was the daimyō of Fukui Domain in Echizen.[1]

Yūki Hideyasu
結城 秀康
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Yūki Hideyasu
BornMarch 1, 1574
DiedJune 2, 1607(1607-06-02) (aged 33)
SpouseTsuruhime daughter of Yūki Harutomo
Daimyō of Yūki Domain
In office
Succeeded byMizuno Katsunaga
Daimyō of Fukui Domain
In office
Preceded by-none-
Succeeded byMatsudaira Tadanao

Early lifeEdit

Hideyasu was born as Tokugawa Ogimaru (徳川於義丸) in 1574, the second son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, by Lady Oman (also known as Lady Kogō), a handmaiden to his wife, Lady Tsukiyama. When Oman became pregnant, Ieyasu feared his wife's wrath, so he sheltered the girl in the home of his retainer Honda Shigetsugu, in Ofumi Village near Hamamatsu Castle, and it was there that Ogimaru and his brother were born.[citation needed]

Oman is said to have given birth to twins, and that Ogimaru's brother succeeded Oman's father as priest of Chiryū Shrine in Mikawa Province.[citation needed]

The young Ogimaru was, for some reason, disliked by his father Ieyasu. It was not until age three that he met Ieyasu, and even that meeting, cold as it was, was not arranged by the father, but instead by Ogimaru's elder half-brother, Matsudaira Nobuyasu. After Oda Nobunaga demanded that Ieyasu order Nobuyasu's seppuku, Ogimaru would have been the next in line to inherit the Tokugawa headship by birth; however, as part of the peace negotiations following the Battle of Komaki-Nagakute, he was given in adoption (in reality as a hostage) to the childless Hashiba Hideyoshi in 1584.[2] Coming of age while living with Hideyoshi, Ogimaru was given the name Hashiba Hideyasu, which combined the names of his adoptive father and biological father. He was also granted courtesy title of Mikawa-no-kami, and his Court rank was Senior Fifth Rank, Lower Grade, raised to Ukonoue-gon-shōshō and Senior Fourth Rank, Lower Grade in 1585

Mature yearsEdit

Hideyasu took part in his first campaign during the Kyūshū Campaign of 1587, leading the assault on Buzen-Iwaishi Castle. He also received honors for his distinction in the pacification of Hyūga Province. Hideyasu also took part in the Siege of Odawara (1590) and the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98). His successes in these campaigns earned him respect as an able field commander, despite his youth.[citation needed]

However, in 1589, a natural son was born to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi had adopted several promising candidates as heir over the years, and began to give these men in adoption to other great houses to avoid a potential conflict over the succession. Hideyasu was given in adoption in 1590 to Yūki Harutomo of Shimōsa Province, and married Harutomo's niece, becoming Yūki Hideyasu and succeeded to the Yūki headship and its 101,000 koku holding.[2]

Later yearsEdit

During the Battle of Sekigahara, Yūki Hideyasu was ordered by Ieyasu to remain in his holdings in Shimōsa, possibly because of his pro-Toyotomi sympathies, and possibility because his emergence as a strong military leader might threaten the prestige and position of his younger half-brother, Tokugawa Hidetada. Following the Battle of Sekigahara and the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate, he was given all of Echizen Province (670,000 koku) as his fief. In 1604, he was allowed to take the surname Matsudaira.[3] In 1605, his court rank was elevated to Senior Third Rank, and his courtesy title to Gon-Chūnagon.

Hideyasu died, possibly from syphilis in 1607, at the age of 34, seven years after the Battle of Sekigahara, eight years before Tokugawa Ieyasu completed the destruction of the Toyotomi clan at the Siege of Osaka. He left a will to his heir urging support for Toyotomi Hideyori even if the Tokugawa decided to attack. His son and heir, Matsudaira Tadanao ignored his father's will and thus the Echizen-Matsudaira clan survived to the Meiji restoration of 1868.[2]


  • Father: Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616)
  • Mother: Lady Oman (1548–1620) later Chōshō-in
  • Wife, concubines, children:
    • Wife: Tsuruhime, daughter of Yūki Harutomo
    • Concubine: Nakagawa no Tsubone later Seiryō-in
    • Concubine: ???
    • Concubine: Gesshoōin
    • Concubine: Shinryō-in
    • Concubine: Nao no Tsubone later Nagaju-in
      • Matsudaira Naoyoshi (1605–1678) inherited Ōno Domain


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Matsudaira Hideyasu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 616.
  2. ^ a b c Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Matsudaira" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 30; retrieved 2013-4-9.
  3. ^ Appert, Georges. (1888). "Matsudaira" in Ancien Japon, p. 70; compare Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). Nobiliare du Japon, pp. 29–30; retrieved 2013-3-26.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Yuki Hideyasu at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by  Shimōsa-Yūki family head
Succeeded by
Preceded by
  Daimyō of Yūki Domain
Succeeded by
Preceded by
  Daimyō of Fukui Domain
Succeeded by