Nishio family crest
|Home province||Mikawa Province|
|Parent house||Kira clan, Seiwa Genji|
|Final ruler||Nishio Tadaatsu|
|Ruled until||1873 (Abolition of the han system)|
The clan claims descent from the Kira clan, a branch of the Seiwa Genji line. Kira Yoshitsugu, a son of Kira Mochihiro, served under Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu adopted the family name of Nishio. Under the Tokugawa shogunate, the Nishio, as hereditary vassels of the Tokugawa clan, were classified as one of the fudai daimyō clans.
Nishio Yoshitsugu was given the 12,000 koku Haraichi Domain in Musashi Province in 1602. His son, Nishio Tadanaga was transferred to the 20,000 koku Shirai Domain in Kōzuke Province in 1616, and subsequently to Tsuchiura Domain (Hitachi Province) from 1617-1649. The clan then ruled Tanaka Domain (Suruga Province) from 1649-1679, Komoro Domain (Shinano Province) from 1679-1682, and finally settled at Yokosuka Domain (Tōtōmi Province) from 1682-1868.
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- Papinot, Edmund.. (1906) Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie du japon. Tokyo: Librarie Sansaisha...Click link for digitized 1906 Nobiliaire du japon (2003)
- (in Japanese) Nishio clan on Harimaya's "Buke-kaden"
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