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The sentence in question is taken from line 14:

=> "It was Tameuji Uchigashima and this lineage who built the castle called Kaerikumo."

I interpreted the で after その一族 as the continuative form of copula です and aligned its tempus with the 造った.

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Let me include the previous sentence:


It seems like the subjects (主語) are left out in the sentence in question:


「それ/彼ら」 refers to 「15世紀後半に、ここにやってきて、住み着いた者」("people who came here and settled down in the late 15th century") in the previous sentence.

So it'd be literally like:

It was / They were Tameuji Uchigashima and his family, and they built a castle called Kaerikumo-jo in Shirakawago.

You're right that the で after その一族 is the continuative form of a copula. So, grammatically speaking, you could split the sentence into two, like this:


...but I don't think a relative clause is involved here.

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