Nagatani Family (長谷家)

The Nagatani family, which claimed to be descended from the Kanmu-Heishi (Taira clan) TAIRA no Takamune-o line, belonged to the Tosho-ke (the hereditary lineage of Court nobles occupying relatively high ranks); the founder of the family was Tadayasu NAGATANI (Shosanmi Minbu taifu, or Senior Third Rank, Senior Assistant Minister of Popular Affairs) (1612 - 1669), who was the fifth son of Tokiyoshi NISHINOTOIN (Junii Sangi, or Junior Second Rank, Councilor) (1552 -1640).

Tokinao NISHINOTOIN (Junii Sangi) (1584 - 1636), who was a close retainer of Emperor Gomizunoo, and Tokitsune HIRAMATSU (Junii Gon Chunagon, or Junior Second Rank, Provisional Vice-Councilor of State) (1599 -1654) were his elder brothers; Tokisada KATANO (Daizen no daibu, or Master of the Palace Table), the founder of the Katano family, was his younger brother.

The social standing of the family was Meika, upper rank of court nobles; the top rank the family could attain was Junii Sangi.

The hereditary stipend was 30 koku in the Edo period. The family had been given the title of viscount since the Meiji period.

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