The Shiba were descended from the Minamoto and during the Muromachi Period were an influential shugo family that included Owari and Echizen provinces among their holdings. They failed to make the transition to Sengoku-daimyô and lost Echizen to the Asakura in the 1470s. By 1550 they were represented by Shiba Yoshimune of Owari province, a figurehead behind which one branch of the Oda family ruled. When Yoshimune was killed in 1554, the Shiba effectively came to an end.
- Initial text from Sengoku Biographical Dictionary (Samurai-Archives.com) FWSeal & CEWest, 2005