Oda Nobutada was the eldest son of Oda Nobunaga. He fought in many of his father's campaigns once he had come of age, and by 1575 was trusted to lead on his own. At that time, Nobunaga granted him Gifu castle and authority over Mino and Owari provinces.
Nobutada was responsible for bringing down the Takeda's Iwamura castle in 1575 in a two-part siege and later joined Tsutsui Junkei in forcing Matsunaga Hisahide to commit suicide in 1577 at Shigizan. Having received most of his father's most prized treasures in 1575, Nobutada was now given his prized collection of tea implements as well; this was a notable demonstration of Nobunaga's confidence in his son, as these treasures were symbols of cultivation and legitimacy significant enough that Tokugawa Ieyasu would take pains in 1615 to (re)gain as many of them as he could from the ruins of Osaka castle.
In 1582 he led an army into Shinano as part of the invasion of the Takeda lands and besieged Takato castle. He was in Kyoto when Akechi Mitsuhide rose against his father and killed him at the Honnoji. Nobutada was surrounded at Nijô castle and committed suicide.
- Initial text from Samurai-Archives.com FWSeal & CEWest, 2005
- Morgan Pitelka, "Name and Fame: Material Objects as Authority, Security, and Legacy," Mary Elizabeth Berry, Marcia Yonemoto (eds.), What Is a Family?: Answers from Early Modern Japan, University of California Press (2019), 112.